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AMD acquires Pensando for $1.9B, builds out services platform

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 7 Apr 2022

AMD has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Pensando for approximately $1.9 billion before working capital and other adjustments.

Pensando’s distributed services platform includes a high-performance, fully programmable packet processor and comprehensive software stack designed to aid networking, security, storage and other services for cloud, enterprise and edge applications.

AMD chair and CEO Dr Lisa Su says, “To build a leading-edge data centre with the best performance, security, flexibility and lowest total cost of ownership requires a wide range of compute engines.

"All major cloud and OEM customers have adopted EPYC processors to power their data centre offerings. Today, with our acquisition of Pensando, we add a leading distributed services platform to our high-performance CPU, GPU, FPGA and adaptive SoC portfolio.

"The Pensando team brings world-class expertise and a proven track record of innovation at the chip, software and platform level which expands our ability to offer leadership solutions for our cloud, enterprise and edge customers.”

Pensando’s products are already deployed at scale across cloud and enterprise customers, including Goldman Sachs, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Pensando’s distributed services platform includes a programmable packet processor that can be distributed throughout a network to accelerate multiple infrastructure services simultaneously, offloading workloads from the CPU and increasing overall system performance, the company states.

Pensando CEO Prem Jain says, “We are excited to join the AMD family. Our shared cultures of innovation, excellence and relentless focus on partners and customers make this an ideal combination. Together, we have the talent and tools to deliver on our customers’ vision for the future of computing.

“In less than five years Pensando has assembled a best-in-class engineering team that are experts in building systems together with a rich, deep ecosystem of partners and customers who have currently deployed over 100,000 Pensando platforms into production. Joining together with AMD will help accelerate growth in our core business and enable us to pursue a much larger customer base across more markets.”

Pensando chair of the board John Chambers says, “Industry leadership is based on catching business model disruptions enabled by new technologies. Pensando is built upon strong customer relationships and a solution that is at least two years ahead in cloud, edge and enterprise.

"For example, the performance and scale of Pensando’s distributed services platform is 8x-13x of the largest cloud provider and uses less power. Pensando’s smart switching architecture has 100x the scale, 10x the performance at one-third the cost of ownership of any comparable products in the enterprise market."

Chambers concludes, "Pensando’s leadership position in software-defined cloud, compute, networking, security and storage services as part of the much larger AMD portfolio is in my opinion a perfect fit to shape the data centre computing landscape for the next decade.”

CEO Prem Jain and the Pensando team will join AMD as part of the Data Centre Solutions Group, led by AMD senior vice president and general manager Forrest Norrod.

Pensando will remain focused on executing their product and technology roadmaps, now with additional scale to accelerate their business and address growing market opportunities across a broader number of customers, the company states.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, following satisfaction of customary closing conditions including approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

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