As reported on Market Watch, Cisco (CSCO) has announced its intent to acquire privately held LineSider Technologies, Inc. The acquisition of this provider of network management software that helps customers build the network services necessary to securely create and deploy cloud computing infrastructure, will enhance Cisco’s ability to rapidly provision network services.
“‘Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity for Cisco customers to create more effective business models and increase the operating efficiency of the network,’ said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president of Cisco’s Network Management Technology Group (NMTG). ‘With the acquisition of LineSider, Cisco will gain a key component to helping customers make this shift. LineSider’s advanced network management software integrates both physical and virtual network services with a policy-based approach and makes networks more flexible and responsive to change.'”