Zayo Group acquires QOS Networks to strengthen edge and SD-WAN portfolio

Zayo Group acquires QOS Networks to strengthen edge and SD-WAN portfolio

Fiber-based communications company Zayo Group has completed the acquisition of SD-WAN and edge managed services provider QOS Networks.

The move is said to aid Zayo in its goal to establish a relevant position within the secure edge networking services segment at a time of substantial growth for the industry.

Zayo noted that many companies are shifting away from traditional private data center environments towards edge and multi-cloud connectivity, which has the potential to improve user productivity, as well as reduce costs and improve customer experience.

For context, Zayo owns an extensive fiber network featuring optical and packet capabilities, technologies that are often utilized as the foundation for distributed, multi-cloud capabilities.

QOS Networks, on the other hand, provides enterprise-class SD-WAN hardware and software solutions, including VMWare’s VeloCloud solution, Versa, and Palo Alto’s Prisma.

At the time of writing, the company has reportedly deployed over 45,000 SD-WAN edge devices to large enterprises globally.

“Joining forces with Zayo will bring our leading SD-WAN solutions into their already robust portfolio of communications infrastructure solutions,” said QOS CEO Frank Cittadino.

“Combining our end-to-end enterprise SD-WAN solutions and white-glove services with Zayo’s best-in-class fiber and network expertise will allow us to unlock unique value for our customers in the software-defined layer.”

As part of the transaction, the QOS brand will become a division of Zayo. Together, the companies will focus on fostering relationships with cloud hyperscalers investing in the edge, multi-tenant data centers investing in the core, and carriers investing in fiber-to-the-tower.

In addition, the combination of Zayo and QOS will provide enterprise chief information officers (CIOs) with global network services, real-time control and visibility, and consistent security across the whole infrastructure.

“This acquisition represents our commitment to, and investment in, our edge-to-core, edge-to-cloud, and edge-to-edge network services portfolio,” explained Zayo Chief Product and Technology Officer Brian Lillie.

According to the executive, after the QOS acquisition, Zayo will be well-positioned to become a leading provider of networking for the evolving edge at all layers (fiber, optical, and packet) and for a variety of customers, including enterprises, hyperscalers, and carriers.

“This requires secure, software-defined intelligent network control, management, and monitoring capabilities that our customers need in a highly dispersed, multi-cloud world,” he concluded.

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