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Expand Nabs NetPriva

Expand Networks added more flesh to the bones of its WAN optimization strategy today, entering into an agreement to acquire Australian startup NetPriva. Terms were not disclosed.

NetPriva, which competes with Packeteer (now part of Blue Coat) streamlines traffic running over the WAN, which is increasingly becoming something of a choke-point for users.

The startup offers software that can manage different types of WAN traffic running across multiple locations, something that will be critical for Expand as it pushes into software-based WAN optimization.

Traditionally, the vendor has sold hardware appliances to handle data traveling across the WAN.

This is absolutely a technology acquisition,” says Adam Davison, Expand’s corporate vice president of sales and marketing, explaining that NetPriva offers Quality of Service (QOS) by classifying applications and controlling how they run over the network. By targeting applications at the socket layer, he says, NetPriva can prioritize different applications and offer users a guaranteed level of bandwidth.

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