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United States : CISCO to buy privately held Tail-f Systems

June 21, 2014

The privately held Tail-f Systems would be purchased by Cisco for approximately $175 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Tail-f, is known for its multi-vendor configuration management and network automation software. The Tail-f Network Control System (NCS) offers a single network-wide interface to all network devices and all network applications and services, as well as a common modeling language and datastore for both services and devices. Engineers can utilize NCS to gain fine-grained control over multi-vendor equipment using a single tool.

The Tail-f ConfD software for on-device management offers automatic rendering of all northbound interfaces. It implements the NETCONF protocol and YANG modeling language.

The purchase of Tail-f accelerates its cloud virtualization strategy while supporting its commitment to open standards, architectures, and multi-vendor environments. With Tail-f s network service orchestration technology, Cisco s service provider cloud and virtualization portfolio will simplify and automate the provisioning and management of both physical and virtual networks.

As per Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development, 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. 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.

Tail-f employees will join Cisco s Cloud and Virtualization Group led by Gee Rittenhouse, vice president and general manager upon completion of the acquisition. The deal is expected to close by Q4.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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