SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 9, 2014 – Cisco today announced it has completed the acquisition of privately held Tail-f Systems, a leader in multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for traditional and virtualized networks. Tail-f's products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tail-f's technology also helps reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for agile, software-programmable networks.
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 equally applicable for today's network problems, such as layer 2 or layer 3 VPN provisioning, and next-generation networking based on network function virtualization (NFV) and network programmability.
Tail-f employees join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group led by Gee Rittenhouse, vice president and general manager. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $175 million in cash and retention-based incentives in exchange for all shares of Tail-f.
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