AT&T’s purchase of Vyatta Software bolsters its virtualization push


Last week, AT&T agreed to buy Vyatta Software’s network operating system, distributed services platform, software still under development, existing software licenses, and related intellectual property and other assets—including the vRouter product line. It will also acqui-hire some Brocade workers, mostly in California and the U.K.

All about virtualization

The point, it seems, is to further boost AT&T’s industry-leading virtualization efforts, particularly in the and areas of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). 

Neither AT&T nor Brocade would put a dollar value on the acquisition, but the deal is expected to close before Broadcom completes its $5.9 billion purchase of Brocade later this year.

For its part, AT&T is counting on the deal to help it meet previously announced goals of virtualizing 55 percent of its network by the beginning of 2018 and reach 75 percent virtualization by 2020.

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