Oracle today closed a deal to purchase Talari Networks completely. The deal is for an undisclosed sum but is unlikely to leave the previous investors in Talari out of pocket. (According to Crunchbase, there was $53mn invested in Talari across 9 funding rounds).
We are thrilled to join forces with Talari and welcome their team to Oracle’s Communications Global Business Unit.
Douglas Suriano – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communications Global Business Unit, Oracle
This makes Oracle the third large organisation to invest in SD-WAN by purchasing an existing customer-base and solution. The first was Cisco with Viptela, and the second VMware with Velocloud. (Although it could be argued that Cisco was already an SD-WAN vendor).
Talari’s 500 enterprise customers in 40 countries would likely include existing Oracle customers. Oracle’s letter to customers and partners quotes public sector, financial services, insurance, retail and manufacturing, which are strongholds of the Oracle customer base.
Oracle isn’t well known for it’s networking equipment, and Talari seems to be paired with it’s home-grown Session Border Controller (SBC) solution for VoIP, alongside their network management solution for communication service providers (CSPs).
This would seem to position Talari as a solution within the CSP space, particularly those that might be using the Oracle NFV/SDN platform, or Oracle’s management toolset. But it may be that Oracle is using Talari as the first step in helping their Communications division to focus more on the enterprise space., moving beyond their SBC and VoIP solutions in this space.