Data-centric Intel buys Barefoot Networks

June 18, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
 Data-centric Intel buys Barefoot Networks
Intel has agreed to acquire netowork switching technology company Barefoot Networks Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), for an undisclosed sum of money.

Barefoot was founded in 2013 that has attracted more than $150 million in funding from strategic backers that include Alibaba, Dell, Google, Goldman Sachs and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Its Tofino chips are aimed at making the programming complex networks as easy as writing C++ code in an emerging open-source language it helped create called P4.

"Upon close, the addition of Barefoot Networks will support our focus on end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure leadership, and will allow Intel to continue to deliver on new workloads, experiences and capabilities for our data center customers," said Navin Shenoy, general manager of the data center group at Intel, in a statement.

Barefoot will bring Intel P4-programmable high-speed data paths, switch silicon development, P4 compilers, driver software, network telemetry and computational networking.

The deal is expected to close in 3Q19.

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