Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Japan's ACCESS Acquires IP Infusion for Networking Software

ACCESS, a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, agreed to acquire IP Infusion Inc., a provider of intelligent networking software for enhanced IP services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IP Infusion provides a Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching and routing software solutions for communications equipment vendors. Its product lines cover next-generation technologies such as IPv6 and MPLS. IP Infusion recently entered the home media server market, offering core networking software for home storage-equipped servers with Internet access. The privately held company is headquartered in San Jose, California.


  • IP Infusion's technology had its beginnings in 1995 when the company's co-founder and CTO Kunihiro Ishiguro was working at a large Japanese ISP (a joint venture between Marubeni and British Telecom) that was building Japan's Internet backbone using standard high-speed routers. During this time, Ishiguro decided to develop a platform-independent BGP route reflector that could easily be ported to multiple platforms. In 1996, Ishiguro joined co-founder and Vice President Yoshinari Yoshikawa at Digital Magic Labs in Japan with the intention of developing platform-independent software for OSPF, BGP, and RIP for both IPv4 and IPv6. Yoshikawa and Ishiguro founded IP Infusion as a US company in 1999, with headquarters in Silicon Valley.