​Cisco buys Synata to boost collaboration search tools

The networking giant bought Synata to bolster the search tools in its Cisco Spark collaboration application.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Cisco said it has acquired Synata, a private company that has technology that will boost search tools for its Spark application.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Synata's technology allows customers to search on-premise and cloud applications from one venue. Synata will be integrated into Cisco Spark, which runs on the company's collaboration cloud. Cisco's collaboration unit has bulked up via acquisitions such as Collaborate.com, Assemblage, Tropo and Acano.

Cisco's Spark is aimed at enterprises looking connect with customers via multiple mediums.

Previously: Cisco Spark brightens up with more cloud comms connections | Telstra adopts Cisco Spark for collaboration

Cisco has launched an innovation fund to advance its collaboration portfolio.

In a blog post, Rowan Trollope, general manager of Cisco's collaboration and IoT units, said Synata will add to Spark's search stack.

While we have recently released secure search in Cisco Spark, we've always envisioned it being even better. Advances in deep learning and artificial intelligence are making it possible for computers to predict what you want almost before you know it yourself. That's what we want for Cisco Spark. We want it to be like that good friend who can finish your sentences. Super-fast. Almost uncannily accurate.

Synata's current services and development stopped March 6 ahead of the deal. Synata CEO Pat White said:

All Synata accounts have been closed and made permanently inaccessible as we have terminated all services and securely deleted your search index.

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