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Wheelings & Dealings: Riverbed to Purchase Aternity

By Paula Bernier July 28, 2016

Riverbed Technology today announced plans to buy Aternity. The deal, for which the terms were not disclosed, is expected to close next month.

The buyer is a company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue that specializes in application performance, offering a solution called Riverbed SteelCentral. Gartner, in its 2015 magic quadrant for application performance monitoring, named Riverbed a challenger in the APM space.

Meanwhile, Aternity is a privately owned company that provides end user experience and application performance monitoring solutions. Its solutions are used to monitor more than 1.7 million desktop, mobile and virtual workforce endpoints.

Other players in the application performance monitoring space, according to Gartner, include leaders AppDynamics, BMC, Dynatrace and New Relic, as well as challengers BMC Software, CA Technologies, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM. Gartner refers to AppNeta, JenniferSoft, ManageEngine, Microsoft, Nastel Technologies and Tingyun as niche players. Riverbed is also considered a niche player. Aternity didn’t make the Gartner list last year.

“Aternity is another exciting and strategic acquisition for Riverbed,” said Riverbed Chairman and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly. “With the increased use of mobile devices, virtual desktop environments, and the cloud, the ability to manage end user experience has become more important and complex for IT organizations. With this acquisition, Riverbed and our partners are now uniquely positioned to provide CIOs and businesses with a complete view across networks, applications and end users, all in one solution.”

Riverbed had previously acquired SD-WAN company Ocedo, a deal it closed on in January of this year. The SD-WAN market is poised to be worth $3.2 billion by 2018, $12.1 billion by 2019 or $7.5 billion by 2020, depending upon you who talk to. In addition to Riverbed, other players in this space include Cisco, Citrix, CloudGenix, FatPipe Networks, Glue Networks, Ipanema technologies, Nuage Networks, Silver Peak, SimpleWan, Talari, VeloCloud (in which Cisco is an investor), Versa Networks and Viptela.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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