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Oracle Acquires Corente For Software Defined Networking

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Oracle has announced an acquisition deal with Corente that is expected to close sometime in early 2014. Corente specializes in software defined networking (SDN). Their platform allows customers to deploy secure networks using the public Internet rather than private network services.

"By combining Oracle's technology portfolio with Corente's industry leading platform extending software-defined networking to global networks, enterprises will be able to easily and securely deliver applications and cloud services to their globally distributed locations," says Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect.

With this acquisition, Oracle can now offer services supporting deployments on wide area networks (WANs). Corente's virtualization platform includes a cloud-based delivery system that enables network connections between any public or private cloud and any IP network. A services gateway provides secure traffic flows between IPs over a global network. Finally, a services portal provides role-based access to management and monitoring tools for both operators and subscribers.

This acquisition is important for Oracle's cloud-based services. Corente's virtualization platform allows companies to avoid the need for private IP connections between sites which can be difficult to manage, expensive and time consuming to set up. "Corente provides a full lifecycle approach to automating the provisioning and management of service delivery networks. Together with Oracle, we expect to deliver software-defined networking offerings that create cost-effective, secure networks, spanning global business ecosystems," according to Jim Zucco, CEO of Corente.

This deal stands as another example of Oracle's tendency to buy new technology rather than building it in house. In addition to networking, Oracle has made acquisitions in applications, industry specific solutions, middleware, servers and storage.

At this time it isn't clear how the acquisition will impact Corente partnership agreements with Oracle competitors HP, IBM and Microsoft. The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval.

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James Sullivan is a freelance technology writer whose concentrations include cloud computing and video game development. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

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