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Intel to acquire Barefoot Networks

Intel’s customers operate in a world that is growing and transforming by leaps and bounds.

The Company has discussed previously the amazing fact that over half of the world’s data was generated in the past two years and only 2% of that data has been analysed. Driven by that reality, Intel is always asking itself how the Company can better enable its customers to harness the potential of this data, by moving, storing and processing it with the speed and efficiency that the customers demand.

An essential part of the equation is providing a data centre that interconnects and can keep pace with customers’ extraordinary and growing requirements. This is why interconnect is one of the six technology pillars in which Intel are investing to serve its customers.

With this in mind, Intel has signed an agreement to acquire Barefoot Networks, an emerging leader in Ethernet switch silicon and software for use in the data centre, specialising 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 its data centre customers.

Led by Dr Craig Barratt and based in Santa Clara, California, the Barefoot Networks team is a great complement to Intel’s existing connectivity offerings. 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. Most importantly, this is one of the most talented and experienced teams in this domain in the industry. Intel is looking forward to including Dr Barratt and his team to the Intel family once the transaction closes, which is expected to be in the third quarter of 2019.

Intel looks forward to serving Barefoot Networks’ current customers, and to introducing its innovative programmable networking paradigm to more customers around the world.