Pulse Secure acquires Brocade’s vADC business

An affiliate of Pulse Secure, a leading provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire assets associated with the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family from Brocade. The transaction includes a leased research and development facility in Cambridge, UK and associated customer support and maintenance contracts.

This acquisition will add significant new capabilities to the Pulse Secure Access Platform, allowing Pulse Secure to deliver a complete end-to-end solution designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase security, and delight users.

The Brocade vADC solution has become one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Importantly, the solution was “born virtual” and is a leader in the rapidly growing virtual ADC market. The solution can be quickly and easily provisioned either on premise, in a private/public cloud, or even through cloud service marketplaces such as AWS, Google, and Azure.

“This acquisition highlights our focus, commitment, and ongoing investment in building the industry’s leading secure access platform,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “With the addition of Brocade’s vADC solutions, Pulse Secure will be able to deliver secure access to a complete customer application portfolio, from legacy data center applications, to web, cloud, and even mobile applications.”

Kelly Herrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of software networking at Brocade, said, “Pulse Secure is a great fit for our vADC business and a positive outcome for our employees, customers and partners. Our vADC family is highly complementary to Pulse Secure’s current portfolio, and is expected to enhance Pulse’s capability to deliver a complete end-to-end secure access solution. Upon the close of the transaction, our customers and partners will benefit from access to a broader set of products, as well as Pulse Secure’s planned continued investment in our vADC product roadmap, and its stated commitment to continued support for our existing product lines.”

Pulse Secure intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with the vADC business. This team will be working closely together with Pulse Secure after the acquisition closes to ensure continued support for customers.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in late June to mid-July 2017, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions and prior to the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited.