Gigamon Goes Private (Equity)!

Elliot Management announced yesterday that its wholly owned Private Equity Subsidiary, Evergreen Coast Capital Partners, announced a deal to acquire Gigamon. Gigamon is a market leading provider of what it calls traffic visibility solutions and what many refer to as network packet brokers.

Gigamon has always delivered premium solutions and extracted premium pricing--the most often-quoted competitive phrase in the space is that we are <insert percentage--33-50% or more> less than Gigamon. Yet Gigamon has continued to deliver innovative solutions and grow in the enterprise and service provider markets. Recently its focus on enabling security solutions has resulted in significant growth. The company was able to successfully transition from a VC-backed private company to a public company. While this transition was not without its challenges along the way – it is difficult to keep up a 30-40% growth rate indefinitely - the leadership team has worked diligently to keep the company on track. It is now entering a new phase by returning to private ownership under a Private Equity firm. So, what does that mean?

Topics: Networking Gigamon

Gigamon Expands Traffic Visibility Intelligence

Gigamon announced the next round of enhancements to its Visibility Fabric solution. The added features will help service providers and large enterprises deliver granular filtering and forwarding of relevant data across very large and rapidly growing network environments. This should ultimately result in more targeted information to feed management and analytics engines, which in turn will accelerate the ability of service providers and enterprises to create new services and make important business decisions.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking Data Analytics Gigamon

More Thoughts on Software-Defined Networking

In preparation for the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in a few weeks, ESG networking guru Bob Laliberte and I have been talking to networking vendors, end-users, VCs, even actual OpenFlow shops. Here's what I'm thinking at this point.

Topics: IBM Cisco IT Infrastructure Juniper HP Gigamon OpenFlow Brocade

Is Data Center Networking Discontinuity Driving Increased Network Budgets and Network Headcount?

As organizations continue to consolidate data centers and increase their use of server virtualization technology, IT departments are forced to respond by building out massively scalable data center network environments. However, are data center networks evolving fast enough to survive (in current form) in a rapidly changing world? Jon Oltsik called this problem data-center-networking-discontinuity/index.html">Data Center Network Discontinuity and data from the forthcoming ESG's 2012 IT Spending Intentions survey (which I've gotten a preview of) indicates that we may be starting to see the first signs of this occurring.

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking Riverbed Citrix Blue Coat IT Spending Intentions Gigamon