Juniper Acquires Video Infrastructure Specialist Blackwave


Juniper Networks on Thursday confirmed it has acquired the intellectual property assets of Blackwave, a maker of Internet video storage and delivery technologies.

It's a video infrastructure play for Juniper, and also Juniper's second acquisition of the week following its pickup of wireless LAN vendor Trapeze Networks.

Financial terms were not disclosed. According to a statement, Juniper will integrate Blackwave's technology with its Media Flow Controller, the content delivery software system it offers for delivering and managing video and other forms of rich media.

Blackwave, based in Acton, Mass., earlier this year launched a video delivery system called the Blackwave System, the heart of which is Blackwave Chorus, a software platform for supporting multiple simultaneous video streams efficiently.

"The acquisition of Blackwave technology continues Juniper's commitment to the new network by serving the rapidly escalating appetite for high-quality video from anywhere to any device," said Rajan Raghavan, vice president and general manager of Juniper's Content and Media Business Unit. "The Blackwave technology brings storage performance and scaling capabilities that, combined with the Media Flow platform and Juniper's high-performance networking systems, will provide a compelling solution for our customers who require scalable and efficient distribution of content and high-quality video over the Internet."

Rich media content delivery and the infrastructure needed to support it has been a focus for Juniper this year. Back in April, the company acquired Ankeena Networks, a startup and the maker of Media Flow Director.

Juniper did not provide any additional details about the Blackwave integration. Earlier this week, the company confirmed an $152 million acquisition of Trapeze Networks, a move that effectively announces Juniper as a new enterprise wireless LAN competitor.