Juniper Networks announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Juniper will acquire Trapeze Networks, a technology leader in enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $152 million. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews.
The acquisition will make WLAN infrastructure a key part of Juniper’s portfolio, accelerating the company’s growth in the enterprise market and advancing its vision for the new network. Trapeze Networks provides the highest levels of WLAN reliability, performance, security and management for today’s most demanding mobile applications. The company’s innovative WLAN technology is highly complementary to Juniper’s campus and branch switching, routing and security business. Customers will be able to build new networks based on Juniper’s end-to-end routing, security, wired and wireless switching infrastructure that improve users’ experience and increase their productivity regardless of location, while delivering lowest total cost of ownership.
Today’s increasingly converged networks demand that network connectivity be available anytime and anywhere for users. The explosion of mobile devices is further fueling the unprecedented need for connectivity, regardless of location or device. A recent report1 by Dell’Oro Group estimates that the enterprise WLAN technology market will grow from $2.2 billion in 2010 to $3.4 billion in 2014. As the fastest growing Ethernet switching provider in 2010 to date,2 Juniper now adds Trapeze’s WLAN products to Juniper’s routing, security and switching portfolio, and will be well positioned to deliver the most scalable, secure and highly-available wired and wireless infrastructure for the enterprise market.