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Avi Networks to be Acquired by VMware

Avi Networks
Posted on Jun 13, 2019 1:31:53 PM

This following post is a note from Avi Networks' Cofounders
Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO and Murali Basavaiah, VP of Engineering

We are excited to share that today, VMware announced its intent to acquire Avi Networks. This is great news for Avi’s customers, employees, and partners. The decision to join forces with VMware represents a perfect alignment of vision, products, technology, go-to-market, and culture. We will continue to deliver on our mission to help our customers modernize application services by accelerating multi-cloud deployments with automation and self-service. Together, VMware and Avi will build on our common architectural foundation to create the industry’s only complete L2-L7 software-defined stack.

We founded Avi Networks more than six years ago, with the goal of transforming application services in the new world of multi-cloud, containers, and DevOps. We have changed how load balancers are deployed and consumed in the world's largest enterprises ranging from financial services firms to eCommerce, technology, manufacturing, and retail companies.  We broke new ground with our architecture for infrastructure-independent application services and the idea of automating application networking and security with closed-loop analytics. Our turnkey integrations with diverse management and orchestration systems meant that customers could deploy anywhere and manage centrally. We pioneered the delivery of application insights from load balancers, saving our customers' weekends lost poring over TCP dumps to troubleshoot application issues. We delivered industry-first deployment models including per-app and per-tenant application services helping customers reduce configuration errors and improve SLAs. We launched our container networking capabilities for ingress load balancing as well as E/W proxy services long before the concept of services meshes. Our customers such as Deutsche Bank and Adobe were early innovators in creating as-a-service deployments powered by Avi and pushing us to deliver capabilities that removed the challenges of legacy or open-source ADCs.

Avi and VMware share a common vision of helping customers remove the friction of hardware-defined infrastructure as they transition to the modern, multi-cloud world. Avi already integrates with VMware technologies including VMware NSX and VMware vCenter. Avi’s integration with VMware NSX delivers an application services fabric that synchronizes with the NSX controller to provide automated, elastic load balancing including real-time analytics for applications deployed in the SDN environment. Avi also monitors, scales, and reconfigures application services in real time in response to changing performance requirements. 

Avi’s customer-first philosophy has been the guiding principle behind all our activities including the disruptive technology that we created. Joining with VMware will enable us to further innovate and create solutions that address our customers’ needs in the modern cloud era. Most importantly, we will continue our customer-focus and deliver the highest quality support and services that our customers have come to expect from us.

We are very proud of the entire Avi team for building an unparalleled platform for delivering, better securing, and observing modern applications. Our employees are the pillars of our strength and it is through their commitment that we have been successful in challenging the status quo. We would like to thank each and every Avi employee and our investors in placing their trust with us, joining us on this journey, and for their unwavering support. We look forward to continuing this journey together with VMware once the deal closes.

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