AT&T to acquire Vyatta Software Technology

AT&T (NYSE: T) has agreed to buy the Vyatta® network operating system and associated assets of Brocade Communications Systems, the company said.

This platform includes the vRouter product line. AT&T also intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with that business. The deal is expected to close in early summer, subject to closing conditions and prior to the closing of the previously announced proposed acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Vyatta platform will help AT&T continue to drive its network transformation. We expect to virtualize and software-control 75% of our network by 2020. Our plan is to hit 55% by the end of 2017.

After the deal closes, AT&T will own the Vyatta network operating system, including its virtual network functions (VNFs) and distributed services platform, software under development as part of its unreleased roadmap, existing software licenses, and related patents and patent applications. The Brocade employees expected to join AT&T are mostly located in California and the United Kingdom.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed Internet services.