Cisco hopes to acquire Cloupia for $125M

Software company to become part of Data Center Group
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Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) on Thursday announced its intent to acquire software company Cloupia, which helps clients automate their converged data center infrastructure, for $125 million.

Cloupia will become part of Cisco's Data Center Group and will ramp up the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio by providing a "'pane-of-glass' view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources," according to Cisco's press release.

Telecom equipment maker Cisco was one of the few enterprise communications firms finishing out the third quarter of 2012 with significantly increased net income and revenue, so its board of directors should be able to justify the pricey purchase.

"Cisco's data center strategy is based on the premise of making it easier for customers to deploy a unified and integrated infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and flexible," said David Yen, senior vice president and general manager of the Cisco Data Center Business Group.

Yen added that Cloupia's automation software will increase efficiency as well as aiding in the transition of information from the physical environment to the cloud.

For more:
- see Cisco's announcement

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