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Cisco adds virtualization specialist to line-up

Networking giant Cisco is to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, a specialist in multi-vendor network service orchestration for both traditional and virtualized networks, for $175m in cash.

The technology fit is two-fold. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tail-f’s technology helps reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for software-programmable networks, but it also helps service providers and enterprises implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices, Cisco said.

“With a rapidly increasing number of people, devices, and sensors connecting across the Internet of Everything (IoE), service providers require new capabilities to deliver value-added, cloud-based services and applications,” said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “Our goal is to help to eliminate the bottleneck caused by operational complexity within the network. The acquisition of Tail-f’s network services configuration and orchestration technology will extend Cisco’s innovation in network function virtualization, helping service providers reduce operating costs and the time it takes to deploy new services, making agile service provisioning a reality.”

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