Mavenir buys vEPC product business from Brocade Communications

Mavenir and technlogy dealsMavenir Systems has acquired Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) business from Brocade Communications as part of its strategy to bring out innovative solutions to telecom operators.

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The telecom deal includes all associated Intellectual Property (IP) including 22 granted and pending patents, a research and development facility in Mumbai, India and associated customer support and maintenance contracts.

The strategic acquisition of vEPC business from Brocade will expand Mavenir’s 5G reach into private LTE and IoT (Internet of Things). Mavenir did not reveal the financial details of the acquisition.

Mavenir will gain from its next-generation core network with a feature-rich, virtualized evolved packet core, expanded customer base, and advanced network slicing capabilities important to 5G architectures.

Brocade’s vEPC solution has unique architectural attributes that leverage cloud computing, network virtualization, and software networking technologies to deliver higher scale and efficiency on x86-based servers.

The software can scale from a single microprocessing core to a rack of servers depending on the use case as it maps dimensions of mobile workload independently to cloud resources, while maintaining the capability to integrate with traditional node-based EPC architectures.

Mavenir said its existing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) offerings and the vEPC from Brocade will be a key part of a mobile edge computing and IOT strategy.

“We are building a 5G architecture with control plane-user plane separation and stateless VNFs. The small footprint, combined with a highly scalable architecture and built-in HSS, is ideal for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), private LTE and industrial IoT spaces,” said Ashok Khuntia, GM and EVP of Mavenir’s Access Products division.

Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO of Mavenir, said the company aims to become a key provider of next-generation network services, with a path to 5G and edge computing for its telecom operator customers.

Mavenir will be hiring certain Brocade employees to support customers of Brocade vEPC. The company did not disclose the customer details.

Earlier, Brocade sold its data center switching, routing, and analytics business to Extreme Networks.

In addition, Brocade Communications Systems has sold Vyatta network operating system including the vRouter product line to AT&T. The Vyatta platform from Brocade will assist AT&T to drive its network transformation and virtualize and software-control 75 percent of its network by 2020.