Tektronix Communications signs a definitive agreement to buy network security provider Arbor Networks, the customers of which include about 70 percent of the world's ISPs.
Tektronix Communications, which describes itself as a "provider
of communications test and network intelligence solutions," announced Aug.
9 that it will acquire Arbor Networks.
The deal, made for an undisclosed sum, is meant to help
Tektronix build a brand in security, Tektronix Senior Vice President and
General Manager Rich McBee told eWEEK.
"By adding Arbor to the fold, we establish a security
beachhead, meaning that we are able to offer our fixed-line, mobile,
converged/IP and enterprise customers the industry's most complete set of IP
security solutions to deploy, measure, monitor and secure their networks,"
"Arbor will be able to accelerate investment in
existing product lines, develop new and innovative solutions for data center
and mobile markets, and, overall, invest and grow the business in a way that
they simply could not as a stand-alone company," he continued. "In
short, they will be better positioned as a solutions provider, helping
customers address the security challenges they face while operating global
Founded in 2000, Arbor Networks is headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., and
specializes in network security and monitoring technology. Arbor will remain a
separate company, and the integration will happen primarily at the business
level, McBee explained.
"This [deal] should help Arbor accelerate the delivery
of infrastructure security solutions that are critical to the success of
converged carrier network operators and next-generation data centers," Arbor
Networks CEO Colin
Doherty said in a statement. "Arbor further strengthens Tektronix
Communications with the ability to offer their customers best-in-class network
IP software security and management solutions, along with differentiated,
revenue-generating managed security services."
The deal is expected to close in September.