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Wheelings & Dealings: Cisco to Acquire Swedish Network Service Orchestration Company Tail-f Systems

By Laura Stotler June 17, 2014

Cisco has made the next major move in its cloud virtualization strategy, announcing plans to acquire Swedish network service orchestration company Tail-f Systems for around $175 million. The company will add an OSS component to Cisco’s cloud and virtualization portfolio, simplifying and automating the provisioning and management of physical and virtual networks.

Tail-f’s solutions span the layers of the cloud, enabling companies to easily deploy applications and networking services across a variety of devices. The company’s offerings tackle issues like layer 2 and layer 3 VPN provisioning and network function virtualization (NFV) and network programmability.

According to Tail-f, service providers are facing increasing pressure as network traffic volumes increase and infrastructure expands in size and complexity. Simplifying and automating operations through SDN and NFV offers a variety of benefits, but service providers also need a way to handle the OSS layer efficiently and cost effectively. This is where the company’s solutions come in, automatically configuring the network according to service specifications that are decoupled from specific network components.

AT&T announced plans in February to move its mobile network toward a data center design model using Tail-f’s solutions. The company meshes well with Cisco’s open source, multi-vendor support model, which it is using to shape its cloud ecosystem. Last year, Tail-f announced an NCS plugin for OpenStack for automatic provisioning for OpenStack Cloud Network configuration changes.

“Our goal is to help to eliminate the bottleneck caused by operational complexity within the network,” said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “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.”

The acquisition is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of the year, with Tail-f employees being integrated with Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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