Kontron buys SDN tech vendor Inocybe Technologies

Kontron says it has acquired Inocybe Technologies, which provides open source software-defined networking (SDN) software platforms. The deal adds open networking and OpenDaylight SDN controller expertise to complement Kontron’s SYMKLOUD line of white box hardware and integrated open source offerings. Terms of the deal, which has closed, were not announced.

Kontron says it has acquired Inocybe Technologies, which provides open source software-defined networking (SDN) software platforms. The deal adds open networking and OpenDaylight SDN controller expertise to complement Kontron’s SYMKLOUD line of white box hardware and integrated open source offerings. Terms of the deal, which has closed, were not announced.

The addition of Inocybe’s capabilities strengthens Kontron’s hand as a supplier of open hardware and software to telecoms, cable, and communications service providers as well as IT network operators, the company asserts. “The go-to-market opportunities are enormous,” said Robert Courteau, general manager of Kontron’s communications business. “The open source software on open hardware strategy is rapidly gaining adoption among a broad base of service providers and private cloud operators – for both compute and networking. With Inocybe, we can now cater to both scenarios. We are certainly excited about how this will unlock our customers’ potential to freely choose what, when, and how they deploy new and revenue-rich services.”

The Kontron SYMKLOUD line includes rack-level converged hardware platforms as well as white box hardware that can serve as open network operating system (NOS) switches managed by an OpenDaylight SDN controller – which Kontron can deliver as well with the Inocybe acquisitions. The two companies announced a partnership last October to deliver a combined offering along these lines.

Mathieu Lemay, founder of Inocybe, joins Kontron as chief strategy officer of Kontron communications business.

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