Allot (News - Alert) Communications has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Esphion Limited, a developer of network protection solutions for carriers and Internet service providers.
The acquisition furthers Allot’s vision of offering value-added services on its new Service Gateway (News - Alert) platform to help broadband providers build secure, intelligent networks. Esphion's products and technology will be integrated into Allot’s entire product portfolio.
Esphion's granular network and subscriber behavior analysis (NBA) technology has the ability to accurately detect the root cause for security attacks over 10Gbps communication links. By using the integrated, self-contained, solution service providers will be able to extend Allot's traditional DPI capabilities and policy-based Quality of Service
enforcement with mitigation of security threats.
According to Mark Bieberich, vice president, Communications Infrastructure Research at Yankee Group (News - Alert), carriers and ISPs see increasing value in having a purpose-built device managing their application and subscriber visibility, management and control. He believes that the integration of Esphion security threat detection technology into Allot's Service Gateway is a clear example of a solution engineered to meet this growing market need.
Allot will reportedly acquire all material assets of Esphion for $3.5 million in cash plus up to an additional $2 million of performance-based consideration if certain targets are met during 2008. Also, Esphion's New Zealand based employees will become part of Allot's global operation.
Rami Hadar (News - Alert), Allot's CEO and president said in a statement that the strategy behind the company’s Service Gateway is to build upon Allot's best-of- breed DPI technology and integrate value-added services onto the platform through acquisition, OEM and partnerships.
Hadar indicated that this solution will enable customers to offer new revenue- generating services, combined with network analysis and network control capabilities, in one, integrated, DPI-based application and subscriber-aware solution. Esphion was chosen based on its behavior analysis technology, ability to scale to 10Gbps, and positive reports they received from top tier customers.
Mark Edwards (News - Alert), CEO of Esphion said the company has developed technology to detect network and subscriber behavioral security problems. He explained that Esphion’s products have already been successfully deployed at, and are being used by, several major carriers and ISPs throughout Asia-Pacific. Combined with Allot's DPI platform and world-wide sales organization, they intend to open up new market opportunities for their solution.
Allot Communications is a provider of intelligent IP
service optimization solutions.
Esphion is a provider of network anomaly detection systems.
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