EXFO extends its service assurance offering for mobile and fixed networks with acquisition of ByteSphere’s technologies, a privately held software company in the Boston area that specializes in global IT management and network monitoring solutions.
This transaction extends EXFO’s capabilities in network performance management for infrastructure monitoring through highly scalable device and network element polling. ByteSphere’s solutions feature patented techniques for infrastructure performance management, including network element polling and fault management. ByteSphere’s products and tools are used by some of the world’s largest tier-1 network operators and Fortune Global 500 companies including AT&T, Bell Canada, Cox Communications, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Sprint, TeliaSonera, and Verizon Wireless.
EXFO has acquired all the assets and intellectual property rights of ByteSphere as a complement to its BrixWorx line of service assurance solutions, creating a combination of network and service performance monitoring for mobile and fixed telecommunications. The combination of these capabilities provides real-time correlation between network element performance metrics and probe-based service performance metrics, positioning EXFO to drive the value of this raw data into correlated and actionable events for customers through analytics and visualization.
No financial details were given. You can read EXFO’s press release here.
Musing on EXFO’s reasons, Ray Le Maistre from LightReading commented:
Like any SPIT vendor with a pulse, EXFO is also investing time, effort, and resources into figuring out how networks and applications can be tested, monitored, configured, and provisioned once NFV and SDN capabilities and introduced into live telco networks.
It seems clear that the company needs to diversify into new markets such as mobile and SDN/NFV, though, as it recently announced an 18% year-on-year dip in revenues to $51.2 million for its fiscal second quarter.
Read Ray’s analysis over on LightReading.