Network testing and analysis vendor Fluke Networks has signed a definitive agreement
to acquire AirMagnet. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close in the coming weeks.
Fluke Networks is a strong player in the wired network testing market, with its products primarily focused on the installation, certification and troubleshooting of copper and optical cabling. Fluke does offer wireless network products as well, including spectrum analyzers and wireless survey tools.
AirMagnet, on the other hand, focuses exclusively on the wireless network. Its products include tools to survey, analyze and manage WLANs throughout the enterprise, troubleshoot problems, as well as detect and protect against security threats.
The pairing of Fluke Networks and AirMagnet is one of the best acquisitions the WLAN space has seen in some time. AirMagnet brings a best-in-breed toolbox of wireless LAN monitoring, security and troubleshooting products that compliments Fluke Networks' wired testing equipment. In return, AirMagnet products receives access to a global sales and service channel that it simply could not have built on its own. Furthermore, acquisition by a network-neutral Fluke Networks will most certainly keep AirMagnet's OEM partners happy.
There is some overlap in the two companies' wireless product lines: the merge delivers a complete portfolio, from strengthened 802.11 troubleshooting handhelds all the way up to an enterprise-wide security and performance monitoring solution, offering centralized management and dedicated hardware network sensors.
The most important task for Fluke Networks will be to develop as many levels of integration as it can with the AirMagnet products. For example, AirMagnet's Survey and Analyzer tools can upload their findings into the AirMagnet Enterprise product, enabling a centralized view and history of Wi-Fi coverage. In order to best leverage this acquisition, Fluke Networks will need to upgrade their existing wireless tools to deliver similar data to the AirMagnet products.
End users will reap benefits. With AirMagnet under its wing, Fluke Networks will be able to offer one-stop shopping for network testing and troubleshooting tools on whatever type of connection the enterprise uses.