Published: August 13th, 2018

Looking to become a full solution provider of open source hardware and software, Germany-based Kontron acquired Inocybe Technologies, a leading open networking technology provider in Montreal.

The deal, announced Aug. 1, is a win-win for both parties, according to Christopher R. Wilder, senior analyst for IoT, Moor Insights & Strategy. Inocybe’s SaaS-subscription approach with its Open Networking Platform (ONP) will get even more exposure thanks to Kontron’s reach, while Kontron’s own SKYMLOUD open infrastructure platform will get a fresh injection of flexibility.

“Software-defined networks (SDN) cost-effectively allow operators to provision, reconfigure bandwidth allocation, boost computing power and autonomy, and improve security within IoT networks,” said Wilder in a statement. “Kontron’s acquisition of Inocybe demonstrates their commitment to delivering an open, viable solution that is secure, scalable, and integrated from the data center to the edge.”

Open source hardware and software are key to managing the surging network demands that come with 5G and the rise of IoT, adds John Zannos, general manager for Inocybe.

“Open software, like SDN, and open hardware are bringing the speed and flexibility needed for these next-generation networks to service providers and enterprise. Together, Inocybe and Kontron can enable networks to be open and automated, and the impact is transformative, reducing cost and creating new value through new services and better user experience,” he said in a statement.

Kontron works with various types of service providers and enterprise clients, including Avnet, which has multiple offices in Canada.