Juniper Networks has acquired virtualization security vendor Altor Networks for $95 million.
Juniper Networks announced today it has bought virtual security vendor Altor
Networks for $95 million.
The acquisition builds on an existing relationship between the two
companies, and Juniper actually invested in the company earlier this year.
Founded in 2007, Altor specializes in intrusion prevention, firewall and
monitoring for virtual environments.
With the purchase, Juniper seeks to deliver integrated, scalable security
physical and virtual systems
"Juniper is excited to acquire one of the industry's leading
virtualization security vendors and the extremely talented team that built
it," said Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager of
Service Layer Technologies at Juniper Networks, in a statement. "This
acquisition will extend our leadership in data center and cloud security and
will enable customers to deploy a consistent set of security services across
their physical and virtual infrastructure, while delivering lowest total cost
Forrester Research analyst Chenxi Wang noted that Altor has already
integrated with Juniper that gives Juniper's firewall visibility into traffic
between virtual machines
"They've also done a bunch of take to market efforts together,"
she said. "The cultures of the two companies are similar-both are
networking appliance companies; the founders of Alto came from Check Point."
Neil MacDonald, an analyst with Gartner, blogged that the acquisition makes
perfect sense for Juniper, which is trailing other vendors such as IBM
and Cisco in delivering "virtualized implementations of [its] security
"Vendors of stand-alone point solutions for virtualized security
controls have a diminishing window of opportunity to establish themselves or be
acquired," he blogged. "Longer term, security vendors should provide
security services that can be delivered via physical appliances, virtual
appliances, cloud-based services or a combination of all three. Organizations
can't use 100 percent virtualized security controls any more than they can use
100 percent physically-delivered security controls. We need both and vendors
should deliver both."