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November 30, 2012

Cisco to acquire Cariden for $141m

The acquisition will allow telecommunications service providers to enhance the visibility, programmability and efficiency of their converged networks

By CBR Staff Writer

Networking firm Cisco is planning to acquire Cariden Technologies, a California-based supplier of network planning, design and traffic management applications for telecommunications service providers for $141m.

Following acquisition, Cariden will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group and it claimed to allow telecommunications service providers to enhance the visibility, programmability and efficiency of their converged networks, while improving service quality.

Cariden’s capacity planning and management tools for IP/MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) networks will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group to enable multilayer modeling and optimisation of optical transport and IP/MPLS networks.

Integration of the Cariden’s products and technology is expected to advance Cisco’s nLight technology for IP and optical convergence.

In addition, the acquisition also will also support the company’s Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy by providing enhanced wide area networking (WAN) orchestration capabilities.

The WAN) orchestration capabilities will allow service providers to improve both the programmability of their networks and the utilisation of existing network assets across the IP and optical transport layers.

Following the acquisition, Cariden employees will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group, reporting to Cisco’s Software and Applications Group vice president and general manager Shailesh Shukla.

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Cisco Service Provider Networking Group senior vice president and general manager Surya Panditi said the Cariden acquisition will strengthen Cisco’s ability to offer service providers the technologies required to optimise and monetise networks.

"Given the widespread convergence of IP and optical networks, Cariden’s technology will help carriers more efficiently manage bandwidth, network traffic and intelligence," Panditi said.

"This acquisition signals the next phase in Cisco’s packet and optical convergence strategy and further strengthens our ability to lead this market transition in networking."

The acquisition has been revealed following a deal earlier this month to acquire cloud networking start-up firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

 

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