Mellanox acquires Israeli network-troubleshooter firm

Mellanox acquires Israeli network-troubleshooter firm

Integrity Project's 'deep networking' experience makes it an attractive buy for the Israeli network-equipment company

Mellanox headquarters in Yokne'am (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Mellanox headquarters in Yokne'am (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Israeli tech giant Mellanox said Tuesday that it was set to acquire Integrity Project, a Ramat Gan-based network-troubleshooting firm that counts among its clients the Ministry of Defense. Terms of the buyout were not announced.

Mellanox was acquiring Integrity Project for its software expertise, the company statement wrote, “further enhancing Mellanox’s commitment to providing superior solutions. The acquisition positions Mellanox to broaden its customer base by adding software solutions designed to enable customers to achieve optimal performance from all interconnect components.”

Integrity Project fixes broken networks, with experienced techies sporting deep knowledge of equipment and protocols, developing specialized solutions for esoteric networking issues that often require development of custom-made drivers and code. Besides the Defense Ministry, Integrity Project supplies services to international corporations such as Texas Instruments, Motorola, smartphone manufacturer HTC, Israeli defense firms Elbit and Rafael, French communications company Minicom, and many others.

That kind of knowledge will come in very handy at Mellanox, the Yokne’am-based firm that is one of the world’s largest makers of networking equipment. Many of the world’s largest data companies use Mellanox products — including switches, adapters, and gateways.

Mellanox equipment is considered very high quality and is especially popular in HPC (high performance computing) scenarios. Microsoft, for example, uses Mellanox equipment and software to power Bing Maps; Oracle uses the company’s equipment almost exclusively in its data centers, according to Mellanox. And, the company makes branded equipment for a host of companies, including IBM, HP, and Dell.

Mellanox — along with Teva, Checkpoint, and a few choice others — is one of the few Israeli companies to make it as a major corporation abroad, while still remaining in Israeli hands. In a twist on the usual situation, Mellanox last year opened an R&D facility in the US, the result of the company’s acquisition of California-based Kotura Technologies in early 2013.

With its InfiniBand architecture, Mellanox is developing what it believes to be the next generation of networking equipment. Integrating that equipment with existing networks is going to require deep knowledge of network protocols, in order to enable users to easily integrate Mellanox’s advanced equipment into their legacy networks.

Those are the kind of solutions Mellanox is looking for with the acquisition, explained Eyal Waldman, president and CEO. “The new and emerging Web 2.0 and cloud applications that influence our daily lives depend on the rapid handling of data. We expect that the Integrity Project acquisition will further enhance our software team’s capabilities to provide the best compute and storage platforms to enable our customers to best meet the growing demands of applications and the usage of the data within high-performance, Web 2.0, cloud, and storage environments.

“We welcome the talented team from Integrity Project and look forward to their contribution to Mellanox’s continued growth,” continued Waldman.

Elad Raz, founder and CTO of Integrity Project, responded: “Together, we will focus on increasing Mellanox’s software-development capabilities to further enable cloud data centers to run applications faster and more efficiently.

“The Integrity Project team is delighted to join the Mellanox team and look forward to working together to drive the company’s growth.”

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