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Packeteer Makes Server Consolidation Play With Tacit Acquisition

Packeteer on Tuesday unveiled plans to buy Tacit Networks in a move that will add server consolidation to the vendor’s WAN optimization strategy.

With the $78 million acquisition, expected to close this quarter, Packeteer will fold Tacit’s lineup of branch office acceleration appliances into its WAN optimization portfolio. Packeteer and South Plainfield, N.J.-based Tacit have been working together since September, when they formed a partnership for joint development, support, sales and marketing.

While Packeteer’s PacketShaper appliances are designed to improve bandwidth control and performance, Tacit’s IShared appliances use Common Internet File System, Wide Area File Services (WAFS) and caching to boost application performance over the WAN.

Improved WAN performance enables customers to pull servers out of branch offices and consolidate them in central data centers without losing application performance for branch users, said John Fomook, director of worldwide marketing at Packeteer, Cupertino, Calif.

In addition to the Tacit acquisition, Packeteer is forming a strategic relationship with Brocade Communications, continuing an OEM partnership that Brocade had with Tacit. Brocade, an investor in Tacit, OEMs Tacit’s product line to form the WAFS piece of its Tapestry offering and acts as an OEM distributor of Tacit’s software to other vendors, Fomook said.

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