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The 10 Biggest Networking Acquisitions Of 2017 (So Far)

Cisco, Extreme Networks and Riverbed Technology are just some of the networking vendors shaking up the market through acquisitions in the first half of 2017.

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4. Riverbed Technology Acquires Xirrus

Purchase Price: Not disclosed

Xirrus, one of the last stand-alone wireless networking vendors in the market, was acquired by San Francisco-based Riverbed Technology to boost its software-defined WAN capabilities by extending Riverbed's SteelConnect product line to the wireless network edge. Riverbed will integrate SteelConnect with Xirrus's high density and cloud-managed Wi-Fi offerings.

Riverbed touts SteelConnect as a differentiated SD-WAN offering that provides simplicity, network and application intelligence, and agility with centralized and unified management spanning the entire network fabric with policy-based orchestration. SteelConnect also provides connectivity to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Riverbed will also continue to offer Xirrus as a stand-alone wireless WAN offering.

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