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VMware eyes AI-based network analytics through Nyansa buyout

22 Jan 2020

VMware is plans to add new capabilities in AI-based network analytics to its portfolio, with the intention to acquire Nyansa Inc.

The addition of Nyansa’s capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning will complement VMware’s existing network and security portfolio.

The acquisition allows VMware to offer end-to-end network visibility, monitoring and remediation within VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud.

The solution is able to proactively predict client problems, optimize application and network performance and better assure the behaviour of critical IoT devices.

According to the company, customers will find it easier to operate and troubleshoot the Virtual Cloud Network and further VMware’s ability to enable Self-Healing Networks. 

Speaking about the acquisition, Nyansa chief executive officer Abe Ankumah says that the acquisition provides a platform for Nyansa to continue its new networking paradigm, namely an analytic-powered and software-defined virtual cloud network that connects clients to containers in dynamic and distributed enterprises.

“Nyansa and VMware are perfectly aligned in technology, products and culture. Following the close of the acquisition, we will continue to advance our AI-driven multi-vendor network analytics platform and double-down on end-to-end user experience and IoT operational assurance,” says Ankumah.

Nyansa’s AIOps platform, Nyasa Voyance, consolidates key functionality within conventional network monitoring tools into a single, multifunction analytics platform to deliver visibility into and behavioural analysis of critical device performance across the entire infrastructure. 

VMware’s VeloCloud Business Unity vice president and general manager Sanjay Uppal says VMware will now be able to accelerate delivery of end-to-end monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities for LAN/WAN deployments within its SD-WAN solution.

VMware notes that unlike traditional wide-area networks, SD-WAN delivers increased network agility and with lower costs. As SD-WAN is becoming the de facto connectivity and security platform for distributed enterprises, the overall scope of SD-WAN solutions continues to expand. 

VMware believes customers are now looking for a single platform to provide visibility into network and application performance not only across the WAN, but into the wired/wireless local area network, and back out to the cloud and on premises data centres.

“Nyansa is a proven solution that solves many of the shortcomings of today’s vendor-specific solutions. Nyansa currently analyses user network traffic from more than 20 million client devices across thousands of customer sites at companies including Tesla, Uber, Lululemon, Rooms To Go, GE Healthcare, San Francisco International Airport, Stanford, Northeast Georgia Healthcare System and many others,” notes Uppal.

VMware states that the transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q1 FY2021, subject to customary closing conditions. This acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on fiscal 2021 operating results.