Cisco to acquire newScale and "build-your-own cloud" service

newScale's portals make many desktop and data center support services "self-help," allowing enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis.

Cisco announced today that it would acquire newScale, whose portal software allows IT service providers to build catalogs of standardized services that customers can select and deploy off the shelf and on their own.

newScale's portals make many desktop and data center support services "self-help," allowing enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis. Cisco intends to apply that methodology to cloud computing. Similar to Amazon Web services, the Cisco-newScale pairing would allow customers to build, provision and expand their own private cloud infrastructure on an as-needed basis based on standardized service options.

Cisco's announcement of the acquisition:

"Cloud computing represents a major shift in the evolution of the Internet, and as more customers migrate from traditional IT infrastructures, the need for rapid self-provisioning and efficient management becomes increasingly critical," said Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president of Cisco Services. "With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures."

Cisco said it intends to stock the catalog with existing Cisco and partner software offerings in IT and cloud management and automation.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. newScale, based in San Mateo, Calif., was founded in 1999 and is privately held. The company has more than 2 million users worldwide, including 20 percent of the Fortune 50 companies, according to its website.

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