Virtualization software company VMware has announced today that they have entered an agreement to acquire network software company Nicira for $1.05 billion. Nicira’s software is used for managing network deployments and creating virtualized network infrastructure. VMware believes the deal will close by the second half of this year.
“The acquisition of Nicira adds to our portfolio of networking assets and positions VMware to be the industry leader in software-defined networking”, stated VMware CEO Paul Maritz.
“By combining Nicira?s technology with VMware?s market-leading server virtualization and cloud products, VMware today creates a clear path to becoming the most important infrastructure company across servers, networks and storage for the next 10 years,” said Ben Horowitz in a blog post. Horowitz is co-founder and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, an early investor in Nicira.