Zayo returned to the M&A trail yesterday with an inorganic move. The Boulder-based fiber operator has announced the acquisition of QOS Networks, strengthening the company’s edge network and SD-WAN capabilities.
QOS Networks was founded about 10 years ago to focus on enterprise networking, and was an early adopter of SD-WAN technology. Since then they have developed expertise at the edge, helping enterprises with digital transformation across multiple SD-WAN platforms like VMWare VeloCloud, Versa, and Palo Alto’s Prisma.
Zayo will bring that expertise in-house in order to improve its own enterprise networking business. QOS Networks will continue as a division and brand within Zayo, bolstering the company’s ability to serve the enterprise markets.
The deal is an interesting strategic move by Zayo, which has rarely bought things that don’t come with fiber or colo at the core of it. They’ve always had lit services and enterprise customers, but it had never been the first thing you’d associate with the company. But SD-WAN is everywhere now, and if one wants to serve enterprises right it has to be the centerpiece of one’s approach.
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