Riverbed aims to boost its SteelConnect SD-WAN offering as it acquires cloud-enabled wifi network provider Xirrus for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition, Riverbed says, provides customers and partners with unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network, be it WAN, LAN/WLAN, datacentre and the cloud. In addition, Xirrus products will remain available as standalone enterprise WLAN solutions.
Xirrus technology promises consistent "wired-like" performance through the combination of high-density access points, access points and cloud services. On the other hand SteelConnect is a differentiated SD-WAN solution with centralised management spanning the entire network fabric with policy-based orchestration and one-click connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure.