Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aruba Networks to Acquire Avenda Systems for Network Security

Aruba Networks agreed to acquire privately-held Avenda Systems, a developer of network security solutions for connecting personal mobile devices to business networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Avenda Systems offers an identity-based policy engine that helps corporate networks maintain security where employees bring their on device. Avenda's eTIPS solution and complementary applications provide a scalable identity-aware network access security platform that offers role-based policy control, differentiated access, endpoint health checks, managed guest/contractor access, extensive per-user reporting, and enforcement options.

“This acquisition is fundamentally about arming our customers with a simple, cost-effective and device-agnostic approach to connecting and securing BYOD users,�? said Hitesh Sheth, chief operating officer at Aruba. “Legacy networking vendors have struggled to deliver a purpose-built solution for today's mobility age. Faced with the BYOD phenomenon, IT departments need to deliver policy and control to a wide range of mobile devices and PCs over their existing networks. Together, Aruba and Avenda are poised to deliver the ideal answer.�?

  • Avenda Systems was founded in 2006 by a group of ex-Cisco engineers (Krishna Prabhakar and Santhosh Cheeniyil). The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

  • Investors in Avenda include OVP Venture Partners, private parties, the United States Department of Defense (DoD), including U.S. Air Force and Missile Defense Agency, and Department of Homeland Security.

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