Sunday, May 13, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent to Acquire NetDevices for Branch Office Service Gateway

Alcatel-Lucent agreed to acquire privately held NetDevices, a developer of services gateway products for enterprise branch networks, for an undisclosed sum.

NetDevices, which is based in Sunnyvale, California with R&D in Bangalore, India, offers a Unified Service Gateway which is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of managing branch office networks. NetDevices' products unify all services required at the branch--including perimeter and content security, robust data networking, and VoIP support--into a modular, remotely manageable, and always-available platform.

NetDevices features a "OnePass" architecture for packet classification and inspection from which multiple advanced services -- such as firewalls, intrusion detection, VoIP gateway and VPN gateway -- would be based. The company argues that real-time services will be best supported if all these functions are connected together by a system-wide approach to processing and management. OnePass classification and management is more efficient than running multiple boxes and latency is reduced.

NetDevice's platform features a modular operation system and separate traffic, control and management planes to ensure "always available" system access. The system has a hardened forwarding path into which multiple services are inserted and integrated.

NetDevices was founded in 2003 and has 45 employees.

Upon close of the transaction, the NetDevices team and products will be integrated into Alcatel-Lucent's Enterprise Business Group, reporting into Tom Burns, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Enterprise Solutions activities.

  • In August 2005, NetDevices closed $25 million in Series B financing for its services gateway products for enterprise branch networks.

  • NetDevices was founded in 2003 by Seenu Banda (CEO), Rob Haraga (VP of Engineering), and Jeff Kidd (VP of Hardware Engineering). Prior to founding NetD, Banda was senior director of marketing for mid-range routers, including the 7200 and 7500, at Cisco Systems. Haraga spent 10 years at Cisco, where he led the development and engineering of three generations of router product lines in the 7000 series. Kidd also served at Cisco in senior engineering roles for the Cisco 7000, 7200, 7300, 7500 and 7600 routers, and the Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 6000 multi-layer switching platforms.

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