Riverbed Acquires Network Monitoring, Reporting Help

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-01-20 Print this article Print

Mazu Networks, a privately owned company that helps organizations manage, secure and optimize the availability and performance of global applications, joins the Riverbed Technology enterprise networking team for $25 million.

WAN provider Riverbed Technology Jan. 20 said it has acquired Mazu Networks, a 7-year-old, privately held company that helps enterprises optimize the performance of global applications by providing detailed network monitoring and reporting services.

Mazu will immediately become a business unit of Riverbed. In addition to the acquisition of all of Mazu's outstanding securities, Riverbed will pay about $25 million in cash at closing, with an additional possible payment to be paid subsequently based on future sales performance.

Mazu Networks makes analytics and reporting software that provides a holistic, real-time view of application usage and performance, Riverbed executive Paul O'Farrell told eWEEK.

"This perspective is critical to understanding the application environment and taking the right steps to validate and ensure delivery of business-critical applications across the wide-area network," O'Farrell said.

The acquisition of Mazu Networks allows Riverbed to meet enterprise and service provider customer demands by extending its suite of WAN optimization products to include global application performance, reporting and analytics, O'Farrell said.

"The market for WAN optimization is fast becoming more mainstream, and increasingly our enterprise and service provider customers are demanding more visibility, reporting and analytics capabilities from us as they seek to deploy more robust infrastructure for managing their global applications," said Jerry M. Kennelly, president and CEO of Riverbed. "This requirement is driven by the enterprise's need to reduce costs via consolidation, improve end-user productivity and leverage technology to streamline business processes."

Since its inception in 2002, Riverbed has become a major IT infrastructure performance company that provides WAN optimization to a list of international customers.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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