Cisco announced on Wednesday its intention to acquire Tail-f Systems for approximately $175 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Stockholm Sweden based Tail-f Systems, a leader in multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for traditional and virtualized networks, provides solutions to help service providers and enterprise IT organizations to easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Tail-f’s technology also helps reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for agile, software-programmable networks.
According to a statement by Cisco, the acquisition of Tail-f accelerates Cisco’s cloud virtualization strategy of delivering software that increases value to our customers’ applications and services, while supporting Cisco’s long-standing commitment to open standards, architectures, and multi-vendor environments. With Tail-f’s network service orchestration technology, Cisco’s service provider cloud and virtualization portfolio will simplify and automate the provisioning and management of both physical and virtual networks. Tail-f’s solutions are also applicable to tackle other network problems, such as layer 2 or layer 3 VPN provisioning, and next-generation networking based on network function virtualization (NFV) and network programmability.