Mobile World Congress: Brocade buys Connectem to meet core demands of internet of things

Brocade buys LTE virtual Evolved Packet Core specialist Connectem to meet demands on mobile networks from the internet of things (IoT)

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Brocade has bought privately held virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) specialist Connectem to help it meet the demands of machine-to-machine (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) when it comes to mobile networks.

The all-cash transaction, which was announced on the opening day of this year’s Mobile World Congress, will help extend Brocade’s expertise in software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) by helping service providers and enterprises offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and IoT devices, datacentres and the cloud.

Brocade said that, in light of the challenges posed by M2M and the IoT, mobile network operators (MNOs) were increasingly looking to virtualisation to build flexible, scalable and easy-to-deploy packet cores.

Connectem provides vEPC systems that it claims deliver higher levels of scale and efficiency on industry-standard x86 servers. Its software maps mobile workloads to cloud resources and eliminates the constraints of physical equipment boundaries, while still integrating with node-based EPC architectures.

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"There is a step-function in scalability required to connect the billions of new devices joining the internet of things," said Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem. "As an early strategic investor in our company, Brocade recognised that a new architectural approach would be required to meet these demands. Connectem's pioneering technology dramatically improves the flexibility, scalability and total cost of ownership of mobile vEPC solutions.”

Brocade said the acquisition was a key component to support its acquisitions of companies such as Vyatta, Vistapointe, and the more recent purchase of Riverbed’s SteepApp virtual application delivery control products.

"We believe the Connectem technology is a key enabler for emerging markets including IOT, M2M, the industrial internet, and enterprise mobile data services,” said Ken Cheng, CTO and senior vice-president of corporate development and emerging business at Brocade.

Connectem will be integrated into Brocade’s Emerging Business Group.

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