Kontron boosts NFV and SDN offerings with Inocybe acquisition

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Cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platform provider, Kontron has acquired Inocybe Technologies in a move to bolster NFV and SDN offerings, whilst expanding its IT network operator customer base.

Inocybe adds open networking and OpenDaylight SDN controller expertise to Kontron’s SYMKLOUD portfolio of white box hardware and integrated open source solutions. The open networking technology provider also sits on both the OpenSwitch and Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) boards.

The announcement from Kontron references ACG Research, which predicts the potential for open source in the telecom service provider market to be worth $11 billion by 2023. In addition, open networking revenue for the data centre and enterprise segments – specifically, from in-use SDN capable Ethernet switches – is expected to reach $13.5 billion by 2021, as reported by IHS Markit.

Said John Zannos, general manager at Kontron: ‘The reality of 5G, IoT and cloud is driving tremendous momentum toward modernised networks that can respond to surging network demands and process data at the edge. Together, Inocybe and Kontron can enable networks to be open and automated, and the impact is transformative, reducing cost and creating new value through new services and better user experience.”

Added Mathieu Lemay, founder of Inocybe and CSO of Kontron communications business: ‘After many years at Inocybe, I am excited by the huge potential of this acquisition. By leveraging Kontron and S&T's significant hardware portfolio with Inocybe's activities across Open Networking Projects, this acquisition will help accelerate market adoption by providing the expected customer experience and quality.’

Concluded Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation: ‘Open Source Networking projects are becoming fundamental building blocks for automated and disaggregated networks. We are excited to see innovators in the areas of open software and hardware join forces to create end-to-end solutions.’

The move is the latest in a string of industry mergers and acquisitions. Just last week Infinera announced its intent to acquire hyperscale network solution provider, Coriant in a move designed to scale the company as the next wave of global network spending begins (see Infinera to accelerate vertical integration with Coriant acquisition).

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