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F5 to buy Brocade’s virtual ADC business?

John Dix | March 30, 2017
F5 Networks is said to be lining up to acquire Brocade’s virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) business, the latest hunk of Brocade’s IP suite to be sold off to meet the terms of Brocade’s $5.5 billion acquisition by Broadcom.

Kerravala says a lot of the market growth is going to be around software, but he doesn’t believe software ADCs will cannibalize hardware sales:  “I think software opens up new use cases -- developers could use it to see how things work, or I can expand into another part of my data center without buying more ADC hardware.  I think it expands the overall market.”

Brocade and F5 refused to comment on the rumor.


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