Monday, January 17, 2011

Aerohive Acquires Pareto -- WLAN + Cloud Services

Aerohive Networks, which specializes in wireless LAN (WLAN) control solutions, has acquired privately-held Pareto Networks, a start-up that develops routing, VPN and cloud services technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pareto Networks, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, released its cloud-based router/VPN solution in June 2010. Pareto's service uses a low-cost CPE device to securely tunnel all branch office traffic to its hosted platform in the cloud, where security and management policies are enforced. The solution eliminates the various firewall, IPS, routing and other appliances typically deployed at each branch office. The cloud-based application provides centralized control over an enterprises network and security policies, and provides visibility of critical network performance metrics across all branch offices that are enabled with the service. Enterprise data centers would also be tied into the Pareto cloud by means of a separate appliance.

Pareto's fully redundant cloud services platform is distributed globally with multiple data centers across the U.S., as well as in Europe and Singapore. Pareto also provides military-grade encryption and multiple layers of its own security to further guarantee the availability, dependability and integrity of the distributed network.

Aerohive said it will integrate Pareto's technology into its operating system (HiveOS) and Cloud Services Platform (HiveManager Online). The solution is designed for mid-size enterprises and highly distributed branch/teleworker networks.

"The addition of Pareto's technology and employees offers a unique opportunity to accelerate our entry into the broader cloud-based networking space and establish an immediate leadership position," said David Flynn, CEO, Aerohive Networks. http://

  • In Septemver 2010, Pareto Networks named Dan Ryan as CEO. Previously, he was the executive vice president and general manager for the network security business unit of McAfee. He joined McAfee in 2008 when it acquired Secure Computing (SCUR) for $465M. Ryan was president and CEO of Secure Computing.

  • Pareto Networks was founded by Matthew Palmer and Carl Mower. Until September 2007, Palmer was Vice President of Enterprise Planning and Operations at Juniper Networks. He came to Juniper via the Netscreen acquisition in 2004. Mower previously worked at DuPont, Digital, Cabletron, Nortel, SmartPipes, Symbol, and Blue Coat.

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