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VMware Buys Network Analytics Vendor 

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VMware is acquiring network analytics startup Nyansa Inc., expanding its network and security tool chest to include a “self-healing” network capability.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. VMware (NYSE: VMW) said it expects the deal to close by the end of May 2020.

Nyansa (“knee-ans-sah”), Palo Alto, Calif., specializes in AI-based network analytics. VMware said Tuesday (Jan. 21) the acquisition would allow it to boost network monitoring and remediation within its software-defined wide-area network offering. The virtual WAN is designed to predict glitches, boost application and network performance and control the behavior of Internet of Things and other edge devices.

Nyansa’s machine learning capabilities combined with VMware’s network and security tools would make it easier for customers to monitor virtual cloud networks, ultimately enabling self-healing networks.

The company said Nyansa’s network analytics are currently used to monitor user network traffic for more than 20 million devices. The startup’s customers include GE Healthcare, Tesla and Uber.

“Customers are now looking for a single platform to provide visibility into network and application performance not only across the [wide-area network], but into the wired [and] wireless local area network, and back out to the cloud and on-premises datacenters,” VMware noted in announcing the acquisition.

The acquisition also gives VMware a cloud-based AIOps platform dubbed Voyance designed as an analytics platform that boosts visibility and provides behavioral analysis of device performance across network infrastructure. That combination will help reduce the cost and complexity of managing enterprise networks, VMware claimed.

Voyance is used to automate network analytics and correlation of infrastructure data with the goal of improving the performance and security of IoT and other edge devices on wired or wireless networks.

The added network analytics capabilities will be integrated with VMware’s SD-WAN offering running on its VeloCloud platform. The Nyansa deal follows VMware’s 2017 acquisition of VeloCloud Networks, a provider of cloud-based, software-defined network technology to telecommunications service providers.

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

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