EXFO Acquires Ontology Systems

EXFO Inc, the network test, data and analytics experts, has announced the acquisition of Ontology Systems for $7.6 million.

UK-based Ontology Systems uses graph-data and semantic searches to build real-time views of network services and related network elements.

Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies render communications infrastructures highly agile to deploy new services on the fly. This has created the need for an automated network inventory solution fully integrated with probing agents to accelerate fault discovery, root-cause analysis and eventually closed-loop automation in hybrid physical-virtual environments.

The combination of Ontology Systems’ expertise in mapping complex, cross-domain, multi-layer network topologies with EXFO’s end-to-end service assurance and real-time 3D analytics solutions will deliver a view across physical, virtual and hybrid networks.

Ontology Systems generated approximately $4.0 million in revenue during the last 12 months, including sales to tier-1 CSPs.

A near-2-times multiplier on revenue is a fairly good exit for Ontology, considering recent M&A activity in OSS.

More details and obligatory execute quotes here.

 

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