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Fortinet to buy Meru for $44m

Network security firm Fortinet to acquire wireless supplier Meru

Network security supplier Fortinet is to acquire Wi-Fi supplier Meru for $44m (£29m) in an attempt to enhance its wireless security capabilities and enterprise growth strategy.

Fortinet has already proven its worth in Wi-Fi, with its FortiAP secure access points (APs) and security appliances both fast-growing elements of its portfolio.

Bringing Meru into the fold will, it said, “extend the delivery of secure, uninterrupted user experience, providing peak performance in environments requiring high-capacity load and a high density of wireless users”.

Meru’s system set includes high-performance APs, Wi-Fi traffic optimisation controllers, cloud, virtual Wi-Fi controllers and appliances, and SDN-enabled Wi-Fi software to manage and secure wireless local area networks and provision devices.

Fortinet CEO Ken Xie said the portfolio mapped to his own vision of “combining strong network security with ubiquitous connectivity”.

“We expect this to accelerate our innovation through the delivery of new solutions and services to help enterprises of all sizes deploy, manage and secure wired and wireless networks in a mobile era,” he said.

Meru CEO Bami Bastani added: “The combination of Fortinet and Meru is expected to strengthen our position in the overall enterprise wireless market, addressing the requirements of CIOs to provide secure, uninterrupted connectivity for their highly mobile end-users.

“Meru's technology differentiation, and its position as the only Open Networking Foundation-certified SDN wireless solution, along with Fortinet's core, edge and access security solutions, will provide a broader solutions portfolio for our sales teams.”

Fortinet will also get its hands on an experienced research and development team to support its own development strategy, a number of patents, and 14,000 customers, including a large number of schools, colleges and universities, as well as others requiring dense Wi-Fi networks, such as Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust.

At the same time, Fortinet announced the launch of its mobile security subscription service, FortiGuard, to protect mobile devices and applications within enterprise environments.

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