Cisco Systems is making a purchase that I believe will significantly boost the attractiveness of its unified wireless networking suite, as well as its WiFi analysis capabilities it can offer customers.
The deal I am referring to is a purchase of Cognio. Just announced, expected to finalize early next year.
One of those niche companies that few people outside the fields of networking or wirelesshave heard of, Cognio is an innovative developer of wireless spectrum analysis tools.
As you can see from the screencap at the top of this post, one of Cognio's core competencies is to detect radio frequency interference sources. Such detection capabilities, as found in Cognio's Wireless Spectrum Expert 3.1 for WiFi, can help network managers identify problems before they become major, as well as diagnose issues that are muckin' (I'm such a gentleman) with network performance.
Seems to me that Cognio functionalities/capabilities could be a valuable addition to Cisco's solution set.
Seems that way to Cisco, too. Cisco says it will integrate Cognio's solutions and staff into the Ethernet and Wireless Technology Group of its Wireless Networking Business Unit.