Cisco to buy Cariden for network planning

November was spending time at Cisco Systems Inc.
The network equipment company made a deal for its third company at the end of the month by making an offer for Cariden Technologies, Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based supplier of network planning, design and traffic management solutions for telecommunications service providers.

Cisco said the Cariden’s products will allow its provider customers greater visibility, programmability and efficiency of their converged networks.

Cariden’s makes capacity planning and management tools for IP/MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) networks. Cisco said the products will be integrated into its Service Provider Networking Group to enable multilayer modeling and optimization of optical transport and IP/MPLS networks. 

Cisco also said Cariden’s products and technology will advance Cisco’s nLight technology for IP and optical convergence. 

It also said the purchase supports Cisco’s recently-announced Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy by providing sophisticated wide area networking orchestration capabilities. These capabilities will allow service providers to improve both the programmability of their networks and the utilization of existing network assets across the IP and optical transport layers.

“The Cariden acquisition reinforces Cisco’s commitment to offering service providers the technologies they need to optimize and monetize their networks, and ultimately grow their businesses,” Surya Panditi, senior vice-president and general manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group.

“Given the widespread convergence of IP and optical networks, Cariden’s technology will help carriers more efficiently manage bandwidth, network traffic and intelligence.  This acquisition signals the next phase in Cisco’s packet and optical convergence strategy and further strengthens our ability to lead this market transition in networking.”

Earlier in November Cisco said it would buy Meraki Inc., which makes cloud network management solutions, for $1.2 billion, and Cloupia Inc., which makes data centre infrastructure management software, for $125 million.

Cisco said Cloupia’s software will enhance the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio with a single “pane-of-glass” view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources.

When combined with Cisco UCS Manager, the company said, Cloupia allows enterprises and service providers to manage pools of computing power, network services, storage and virtual machines as a unified whole.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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