Cisco on Thursday said it will acquire Cloupia, a privately held software company focused on data center management, for $125 million.
The networking giant said that the acquisition will give it tools to automate data center and cloud infrastructure. Cisco's plan is to integrate Cloupia's software with its Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching gear. On Cisco's most recent earnings conference call, CEO John Chambers said that UCS had strong momentum and was starting to pull along networking sales too.
Cloupia's software will enhance Cisco's unified dashboard, which is used to monitor and manage computing power, storage, networking, virtual machine and operating system resources. The Cloupia wares will be combined with Cisco UCS Manager.
Cisco said it will pay all cash for Cloupia and fold it into its data center group. The deal is expected to close in Cisco's second quarter.
Cisco’s acquisition of Cloupia benefits Cisco’s Data Center strategy by providing single “pane-of-glass” management across Cisco and partner solutions including FlexPod, VSPEX, and Vblock. Cloupia’s products will integrate into the Cisco data center portfolio through UCS Manager, UCS Central, and Nexus 1000V, strengthening Cisco’s overall ecosystem strategy by providing open APIs for integration with a broad community of developers and partners.
Similar to previous acquisitions in cloud management, such as Tidal, LineSider and NewScale, the acquisition of Cloupia also complements Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) solution.