Cisco Buys Networking Software Maker for $175M

On Tuesday Cisco let the world know it plans to acquire a multi-vendor networking software maker that targets both traditional and virtualized networks. The tech titan is grabbing Sweden-based Tail-f Systems for about $175 million.

Tail-fEUs products aim to help service providers and enterprise IT implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices cost-effectively. The foreign firmEUs tech also promises to reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for agile, software-programmable networks.

Hilton Romanski, senior vice president for Cisco Corporate Development, pointed to one driver for the acquisition: a rapidly increasing number of people, devices, and sensors connecting across the Internet of Everything. That rapid increase, in turn, demands service providers adopt new solutions to deliver value-added, cloud-based services and applications.

EUOur goal is to help to eliminate the bottleneck caused by operational complexity within the network,EU Romanski said. He is convinced the acquisition will extend CiscoEUs capabilities in network function virtualization and EUhelp service providers reduce operating costs and the time it takes to deploy new services.EU In other words, heEUs selling the idea that adding this technology will make EUagile service provisioning a reality.EU

How T-fail Fits In

Cisco has done study after study showing network traffic volume is surging. Video alone is putting a strain on infrastructures. From the networking giantEUs perspective, those volumes, along with sprawling infrastructures, have made managing service provider networks more expensive and complex. Meanwhile, rising competition is pushing service providers to roll out new services at rapid rates. Cisco said its customers are looking for it to provide solutions.

Tail-f is part of the answer. Indeed, the tech buy drives forward CiscoEUs cloud virtualization strategy of delivering software that increases value to customersEU applications and services. ItEUs also in line with CiscoEUs commitment to open standards, architectures, and multi-vendor environments.

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