Netscout Is Acquiring Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks, one of the leaders in the DDoS Mitigation industry is in the process of being acquired by NetScout.  The deal is set to close by mid-July. The DDoS Mitigation business continues to change for the better. Akamai acquired Prolexic, Level 3 acquired Black Lotus, and Danaher is selling Arbor Networks to NetScout. Arbor Networks is one of forty plus companies owned by Danaher, the $61B company that generated $20B in revenue in 2014. Danaher and Arbor Networks have always been the odd couple, since Danaher is involved in everything from making dental equipment to environmental products. Honestly, Arbor Networks was never an ideal fit for Danaher.

NetScout is a much better home for Arbor Networks, especially since both companies cater to the Service Provider market. NetScout, the $1.4B company that generated $453M in Q1 2015, will be adding $1.2B in annual sales from the newly acquired business. NetScout has been been around for twenty plus years, and they are known for their packet flow switch products and network monitoring solutions. Together, Arbor Networks and NetScout will make deeper inroads into the service provider market, which also happens to include CDNs and DDoS Mitigation players. The Arbor Network DDoS Appliances are used by many in the CDN Ecosystem. Here is a breakdown of the different category players.

DDoS Category Players

  • Enterprise: Neustar, Verisign…
  • CDNs: Akamai, Incapsula, Zenedge, CloudFlare…
  • Mid-market: Black Lotus, Staminus…
  • Firewall Manufacturers: Radware, F5 Networks…
  • Telco DDoS: Verizon, Level 3, CenturyLink…
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