Cisco to Buy Data Storage Maker Whiptail for $415M; Paul Perez Comments

Cisco-LogoEbizCisco Systems has agreed to acquire solid-state memory system developer Whiptail for $415 million in cash and incentives as Cisco looks to enhance its converged data center server platform.

The deal seeks to incorporate Whiptail disk drive technology into the Cisco unified computing platform for organizations to manage application performance issues, Cisco said Tuesday.

“As we continue to innovate our unified platform, Whiptail will help realize our vision of scalable persistent memory which is integrated into the server, available as a fabric resource and managed as a globally shared pool,” said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s computing systems product group.

The Cisco platform combines networking, storage and computing platforms intended to help data centers manage data and virtualize processes.

Whiptail employees will join Cisco’s computing systems product division and Cisco expects to complete the transaction within the first quarter of 2014.

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