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Cisco intends to acquire Skyport Systems for hybrid cloud security 

Cisco intends to acquire Skyport Systems for hybrid cloud security 

Cisco has planned to acquire Skyport Systems, a leading secure hyperconverged infrastructure provider, to strengthen its cloud portfolio.

Skyport Systems is a California-based private company which provides a hyperconverged platform to simplify IT infrastructure by converging compute, virtualization, networking and storage onto a single platform. Skyport has integrated security into its solutions, which differentiates it from other hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) providers.

The acquisition will enable Cisco to utilize Skyport’s services, IP, seasoned software and network expertise to broaden its service portfolio, and enhance hybrid cloud security.

In November 2017, Cisco expanded its product portfolio, with a new broad set of multicloud security solutions. In the same year, Cisco acquired Springpath for $320 million, and Broadsoft for $1.9 billion. However, Cisco hasn’t disclosed the terms and acquisition amount for Skyport Systems.

Cisco inclination towards hybrid cloud is visible, since it had joined hands with Google Cloud as well for security and agility in the modern hybrid world. The joint hybrid cloud solutions from Google and Cisco have been helping enterprises to manage, develop and secure services and applications across data centers and in the cloud.

Also read: Cisco makes technology to identify malware in encrypted traffic generally available

Cisco was already investing in Skyport, and had participated in the company’s $30 million series C round in 2016.

Skyport team will join Cisco’s Data Center – Cloud Systems Product Group, and Service Provider – Networking Group. These groups are led by Liz Centoni (Sr. VP, Cisco), and Jonathan Davidson (General Manager, Cisco), respectively.

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