Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Arbor Networks to Acquire Ellacoya for DPI Systems

Arbor Networks, which specializes in secure service control solutions, agreed to acquire Ellacoya Networks, which supplies carrier-class broadband service optimization solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ellacoya's e30 platform and e100 platform (a custom-designed 20 Gbps wire-speed DPI network hardware element) enable service providers to identify and manage network traffic dynamically by subscriber, service type, time-of-day, etc. Ellacoya's platforms provide granular reports on network usage; manage traffic dynamically with precision; ensure VoIP quality; identity and prevent network threats; and provide the basis for quota management, differentiated service plans and quality-assured premium services (IPTV, VoIP, streaming video).

Ellacoya said its deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions are deployed at the broadband edge and peering links in some of the world's largest Tier 1 service provider networks, providing precise visibility into traffic along with the ability to prioritize traffic on a per-subscriber and per-application basis. In addition, the Ellacoya solution is used to deliver new products and services, such as IPTV, digital video and on-demand quality-assured broadband services.

Arbor Networks builds network availability solutions that address denial of service (DoS) attacks, botnets, network worms and routing attacks and anomalies. Its product line includes the Peakflow SP for ensuring network integrity and availability, the Peakflow X for conducting network behavior analysis (NBA) to provide network visibility and real-time threat detection, and ATLAS, a globally scoped threat analysis network that relies on a sensor network deployed in Internet darknet space to monitor globally routable IP addresses.

Arbor believes that the acquisition positions the company to take advantage of a significant market opportunity as service providers place increased importance on traffic and service management in order to efficiently and securely deliver new, revenue-generating IP services. The company estimates that the combination of the traditional Infrastructure Security and Service Control and DPI markets creates a $750 million market opportunity in 2008, which should grow to $1.5 billion by the end of this decade.http://www.arbornetworks.com

  • Ellacoya Networks is privately held and based in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

  • Arbor Networks is also privately held and based in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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