B2B software company Axway said it will acquire Vordel, the SOA security gateway company that has recently come to include cloud, mobile and social networking support in its offerings. The move will expand Axway’s data governance portfolio, combining Axway’s current managed file, B2B and integration capabilities with Vordel’s API management, SOA governance and identity management technologies.
Among other things, the anticipated Axway/Vordel suite aims to enable mobile access to legacy data, and provide end-to-end visibility from cloud to on-premises. Axway also noted that Vordel’s products will become central to Axway’s existing suite, and Axway customers can expect immediate access to Vordel services.
For Axway, added security capabilities are key, according to one viewer. Blogging on the acquisition, Forrester Principal Analyst Stefan Ried wrote,”the more the boundaries of an enterprise are extended by integration offerings, the more a federation of security becomes important.”
Elsewhere, Mark O’Neill, co-founder and CTO at Vordel, took to his blog to comment on the news. “Vordel’s products, from Day 1, have been to enable B2B traffic on the Internet,” he wrote. “This is a perfect fit with Axway, with its heritage in Managed File Transfer (widely used for B2B) and B2B platforms.”
The acquisition follows on the heels of Vordel’s news in July that it added an API server and a cloud service broker to its application gateway offering. That decision was driven by the need to come up with an API lifecycle package meant to improve the REST and JSON experience.