Monday, November 15, 2010

Juniper Expands in WLAN with Acquisition of Trapeze Networks

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Trapeze Networks for approximately $152 million in cash.

Trapeze specializes in enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software. Trapeze's "Smart Mobile" WLAN solution combining the advantages of both centralized and distributed approaches to networking or "intelligent switching." This architecture allows organizations to adopt 802.11n networks, deliver high-quality voice for hundreds of users, and scale their WLANs across the enterprise indoors and outdoors without compromising security or manageability. Its product line includes Mobility System Software, a full line of Mobility Exchange controllers, Mobility Point access points, an advanced access control product, SmartPass, the RingMaster wireless management suite, antennas and accessories, and location-based software and appliances.

In addition, Trapeze is also partnered with Avaya/Nortel, NEC and D-Link, who market Trapeze products or technology under their own brand name.

Juniper said the acquisition will make WLAN infrastructure a key part of its portfolio, accelerating the company's growth in the enterprise market and advancing its vision for the new network.

"With the acquisition of Trapeze Networks, we extend our industry leading routing, security and switching portfolio with proven and innovative WLAN technology that will enable our customers to provide a seamless, high-quality, secure experience to their users regardless of where and how they access their network," said David Yen, executive vice president and general manager, Fabric and Switching Technologies at Juniper Networks. "Juniper's strong history of technology execution combined with Trapeze's accomplished team ideally positions the company to deliver end-to-end high-performance networking for the world's most demanding networks."

Trapeze Network, which is a division of Belden, is based in Pleasanton, California. The company was founded in 2002.

  • Trapeze Networks was acquired by Belden Inc. in July 2008 for $133 million in cash.

  • In January 2009, Trapeze Networks acquired Newbury Networks, which specialized in Wi-Fi based Real-Time Location Services (RTLS).