Siemens acquires router maker Redstone

Siemens AG yesterday said its new data networking division, Unisphere, has purchased U.S.-based router specialist Redstone Communications for an undisclosed sum.

Unisphere and Redstone, based in Westford, Massachusetts, will work together to help Internet service providers improve the quality of their IP (Internet protocol) networks, Siemens said in a statement, released to coincide with the CeBIT trade fair. Redstone is set to ship its latest router, called the Edge Switch router, later this month.

Siemens earlier this month established Unisphere to encompass all of its activities in the area of data networking.

Redstone adds to the new company's stable of small data networking companies, which so far includes Castle Networks, of Westford, Massachusetts, which delivers a platform for data networking technologies; Argon Networks, of Littleton, Massachusetts, which makes a high-performance router; and Accelerated Networks, based in Moorpark, California, in which Siemens has taken a stake.

The company also includes Siemens' data networking groups based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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