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Cisco Invests in NFV Company 6WIND as Part of French Digital Strategy

By Laura Stotler July 08, 2015

Cisco has been on a roll lately when it comes to acquiring or otherwise investing in innovative software companies. The latest coup is allocating funds to networking company 6WIND as part of Cisco Investments’ strategy to help digitize France.

Last February Cisco allocated $100 million to the countrywide initiative, and the 6WIND investment is part of that. The company specializes in promoting NFV through unique software that enables virtual networking on standard servers, without the need to change existing software infrastructure. The company’s solutions are geared toward service providers, data centers and enterprises and are already deployed in a number of critical applications.

More importantly, the 6WIND investment pits Cisco against HP and other competitors in the NFV and SDN markets, which are growing exponentially. HP launched its OpenNFV architecture earlier this year, encompassing a broad range of service provider partners. With major telecom operators like AT&T embracing NFV and SDN technologies, the market is rapidly heating up. In fact, Infonetics expect the global carrier SDN and NFV markets to top $11 billion by 2018.

"6WIND's networking software enables a new paradigm of NFV and SDN use cases,” said Frederic Rombaut, head of Cisco M&A and Investments International. “6WIND's fast growing number of design wins with key market players, including Cisco, exemplifies its strong added value for the telecom and networking industry."

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6WIND plans to use the investment to advance technology innovation as well as expand international growth. The company’s 6WindGate packet processing software app is designed for building networking solutions with increased performance in Linux environments. It forms the base of the 6Wind Virtual Accelerator, which is designed to speed up virtual networking infrastructure. It also powers the 6Wind Turbo Router and 6Wind Turbo IPsec software appliances, which may be used in virtual machine environments as well as in bare metal architectures.

Cisco’s investment follows two major acquisitions over the past couple of weeks, including a buyout of cloud-based software management company MaintenanceNet and a planned buyout of network security firm OpenDNS.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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