Cisco to acquire automation software provider Cloupia

News James Stirling Nov 15, 2012
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Networking titan snaps up Santa Clara-based firm to build out cloud portfolio

Networking giant Cisco has announced plans to acquire Cloupia, a software company that automates converged datacentre infrastructures.

Santa Clara-based Cloupia was founded in 2009 and offers a suite of products that allow companies to move from a static or virtual datacentre to private and public clouds.

The acquisition will reportedly cost Cisco $125 million (£78.7 million) and will add weight to its datacentre strategy “by providing a single ‘pane-of-glass’ management across Cisco and partner solutions including FlexPod, VSPEX, and Vblock”, the company said.

Cloupia’s products will be integrated into Cisco’s range of datacentre offerings through its Unified Computing System Manager, Unified Computing System Central and Nexus 1000V products.

“Similar to previous acquisitions in cloud management, such as Tidal, LineSider and NewScale, the acquisition of Cloupia also complements Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) solution,” Cisco’s vice president and head of corporate business development Hilton Romanski said in a blog post.

“Mergers, acquisitions and investments are a key part of Cisco’s build, buy, and partner innovation framework and supports our strategy of providing best-in-class solutions for customers,” Romanski added.

Cloupia's existing executive team will join Cisco’s Data Center Group, which is led by senior vice president David Yen.