Cisco to buy Cloupia for $125 million to strengthen data center presence

David Yen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Data Center Business Group

Infotech Lead America: Cisco will buy Cloupia, a software company, for $125 million.

The acquisition of Cloupia aligns to Cisco’s goals to develop innovative data center, virtualization and cloud technologies, while also cultivating top talent.

Cisco will integrate Cloupia employees into Cisco’s Data Center Group.

Cloupia software automates converged data center infrastructure allowing enterprises and service providers to simplify deployment of physical and virtual resources from a single management console.

Cloupia’s infrastructure management software enhances Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio. When combined with Cisco UCS Manager, Cloupia allows enterprises and service providers to manage pools of computing power, network services, storage and virtual machines as a unified whole in order to deploy and deliver IT services more rapidly and at lower costs.

“Cisco’s data center 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 center networking portfolio, which includes physical and virtual products that support multiple hypervisors and storage stacks. The addition of Cloupia’s automation software enhances the efficiency of such unified data center infrastructures, helping to accelerate the transition from physical to cloud environments more quickly and effectively,” Yen added.

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