A10 Buys Appcito for Hybrid Cloud Muscle

Mitch Wagner

Appcito has been acquired by A10 Networks and will become the cloud business unit of its new parent, complementing A10's existing application delivery controller (ADC) appliance business.

Appcito, which provides ADC capabilities delivered from the cloud, comes with 31 employees, who will add to A10 Networks Inc. 's 860 headcount. Former Appcito CEO Kamal Anand joins A10 as VP and GM of the cloud business unit, effective when A10 closed the acquisition June 23.

A10 provides ADC hardware and software appliances for security services such as DDoS mitigation and encryption/decryption, as well as traffic management, QoS, caching, and other L4-7 services. A10 VP marketing Neil Wu Becker tells Light Reading, "Appcito is native born in the cloud, to complement what we do on the hardware side."

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The Appcito ADC is "more purpose-built for modern microservices and container applications, more lightweight," Anand says. Appcito also provides visibility and analytics for optimization and troubleshooting.

A10's strategy is built on hybrid clouds, Wu Becker says. "Our cloud strategy is to bridge the standard data center world and cloud native world. We're not playing either side independent of the others. We feel our customers are living in both worlds. There is a lot of marketing hype on leaving the old world and going into the cloud, or resisting and staying in the data center. But our strategy is to be sensible and bridge both worlds."

A10 will announce its quarterly results on Thursday.

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