With all eyes on the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo last week, some other infrastructure announcements inevitably got lost along the way, one of them being Sun Microsystems Inc’s acquisition of Nauticus Networks Inc.
Framingham, Massachusetts-based Nauticus is a privately held provider of high-performance content switching devices and has been acquired by Santa Clara, California-based Sun to boost its volume systems strategy. The technology complements the storage virtualization technology it picked up via the acquisition of Pirus Networks Inc in September 2002.
As well as secure socket layer and load balancing, Nauticus’ N2000 series of switches provide functionality to virtualize the network infrastructure, which will enhance Sun’s strategy for data center utilization and horizontal scaling of volume hardware.
The purchase price for Nauticus has not been released although it is an all cash transaction that is expected to close in Sun’s third quarter of fiscal 2004, ending March 31. Following the closure of the deal, Nauticus will become part of Sun’s volume systems products division under executive vice president, Neil Knox.
Nauticus Networks will be instrumental in converging computing and network services in horizontally-scaled server platforms, Knox said. This convergence will give customers better integration of their network computing environment and will allow the development of new network services.
This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire