Intel to Acquire Barefoot Networks
Intel has signed an agreement to acquire Barefoot Networks, an emerging player in Ethernet switch silicon and software for use in the data center, specializing in the programmability and flexibility necessary to meet the performance and ever-changing needs of the hyperscale cloud.
Upon close, the addition of Barefoot Networks will support Intel's focus on end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure leadership, and will allow the company to continue to deliver on new workloads, experiences and capabilities for data center customers.
Intel said in a statement that Barefoot Networks will add deep expertise in cloud network architectures, P4-programmable high-speed data paths, switch silicon development, P4 compilers, driver software, network telemetry and computational networking. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.