Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ: SILC, TASE: SILC), an industry-leading provider of high-performance server/appliances networking solutions, today announced that it has acquired all the IP related to the unique Virtualization Off-Load Engine developed during the last two years by Net Perform Technology Ltd. (“Net Perform”), a privately held company registered in Hong Kong, China. Through the acquisition, the Company has secured exclusive access to this important technology, thereby achieving a significant competitive advantage.
The unique Virtualization Off-Load Engine resolves a major performance bottleneck in today’s virtualization-based data centers: the reduced server I/O performance deriving from the need of CPUs in virtualized environments to handle both networking and switching transactions between each VM individually and between each VM and the physical world. The Virtualization Off-Load Engine is able to off-load these CPU tasks onto a separate intelligent add-on card, thereby freeing up server cycles and improving the server’s Networking and Storage I/O.
A basic version of the Virtualization Off-Load Engine has already been implemented in one of Silicom’s Intelligent Adapters, demonstrating that it delivers a significant performance improvement. Having acquired the IP, Silicom now plans to incorporate the Virtualization Off-Load Engine into a variety of other implementation solutions, all of which would become Silicom Intelligent products targeting the various virtualization-based operating systems, technologies and market segments. The Net Perform team which developed the solution will be fully dedicated to working with Silicom. The team will work on further development of the Engine and its implementation as well as in other areas related to improvement of server performance.
The impact of the cost of the IP acquisition on Silicom’s expenses in 2013 and beyond is immaterial.
“We are extremely excited to have completed this strategic acquisition – a transaction which gives us exclusive access to Net Perform’s unique Virtualization Off-Load solution,” said Mr. Orbach, Silicom’s President and CEO. “As the IT world continues to evolve towards SDN and Cloud-based data centers, we expect that a majority of data center servers will run in virtualized environments - and each of these servers will represent a market for our Virtualization Off-Load solutions. Since the off-load engine cannot function without an intelligent card, this trend will increase the sales of our intelligent cards – both those that we currently offer and those that are in development. These cards are a perfect fit for the off-load engine concept, and we plan to productize it into a portfolio of applicable products.”
“Given the huge need in the field as reported by our customers and potential customers, the demonstrated performance improvement delivered by the solution and our own strong market positioning, we believe the addition of this technology and these capabilities will significantly increase our TAM (total addressable market) and eventually make a strong positive impact on our revenues and profits,” concluded Mr. Orbach.
Mr. Jeff Zheng, Net Perform’s Managing Director, added, "Silicom has built a strong position and significant growth momentum in the server and appliance networking and I/O space. As such Silicom is the perfect player for promoting our Virtualization Off-Load Engine. The fact that our engine can reside on Silicom’s intelligent cards makes our cooperation even more natural, making us even more confident that our work together will lead to mutual success.”
Silicom Ltd. is an industry-leading provider of high-performance networking and data infrastructure solutions. Designed primarily to increase data center efficiency, Silicom’s solutions dramatically improve the throughput and availability of networking appliances and other server-based systems.
Silicom’s products are used by a large and growing base of OEM customers, many of whom are market leaders, as performance-boosting solutions for their offerings in the Application Delivery, WAN Optimization, Security and other mission-critical segments within the fast-growing virtualization, cloud computing and big data markets. Silicom’s product portfolio includes multi-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapters, Intelligent Bypass solutions, Encryption accelerators and a variety of innovative Smart adapters. These products are available for incorporation directly into our OEM customers' systems, or provided as part of Silicom’s patented SETAC (Server To Appliance Converter), a unique approach to the provision of high quality standard platforms with modular front connectivity.
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Eran Gilad, CFO, +972-9-764-4555
CCG Israel Investor Relations
Kenny Green / Ehud Helft
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