Expand partners face uncertain future after Riverbed IP buyout

WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed has forked out an undisclosed sum for the assets and intellectual property of Expand Networks, which went into receivership in Octoberafter a loan repayment came due that it could not meet. Riverbedstressed ithas not acquired the corporate entity, or any of Expan

WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed has forked out an undisclosed sum for the assets and intellectual property of Expand Networks, which went into receivership in October after a loan repayment came due that it could not meet.

Riverbed stressed it has not acquired the corporate entity, or any of Expand's contracts or liabilities, and at the time at the time of writing was directing partners with queries to a temporary liquidator appointed by the District Court in Expand's native Israel.

It did not say whether or not Expand resellers would be grandfathered into its own programme in some way, but did hint at a possible future for the channel, saying a limited support offering for Expand products will be made available on an "as is" basis by the start of February.

Expand customers will need to purchase a new support contract from Riverbed in order to access this support, as long as they do so by 30 April this year.

Riverbed added that it would support Expand products through to 31 January 2013, and would be offering customers incentives during that period to switch over to its own gear.

At the time of writing Riverbed had not yet responded to a request for clarification over the future of Expand's channel.

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