Cisco to acquire software company Cloupia

16 Nov 2012

Computer-networking equipment maker Cisco has revealed it intends to acquire software company Cloupia in a deal worth US$125m in cash and retention-based incentives.

Cloupia’s infrastructure management software is expected to enhance Cisco’s Unified Computing System and Nexus switching portfolio with a single ‘pane-of-glass’ view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine and operating system resources.

“Cisco’s data centre strategy is based on the premise of making it easier for customers to deploy a unified and integrated infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and flexible,” said David Yen, senior vice-president and general manager, Cisco Data Center Business Group.

“This strategy involves the delivery of the industry’s most comprehensive data centre networking portfolio, which includes physical and virtual products that support multiple hypervisors and storage stacks.”

Under the deal, Cloupia employees will be integrated into Cisco’s Data Center Group. 

The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013. 

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic