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Jan 30 2013   7:27PM GMT

Another Cisco Acquisition or Two

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

There was a time that it seemed like you couldn’t go a day without hearing about a company that Cisco acquired. While those days seem to be behind us, there seems to have been a recent uptick in this area.

Last week Cisco purchased an Israeli mobile upstart called, “Intucell” for a cool $475 million. This week they purchased a Czech security company called, “Cognitive Security.” When looking for reasons as to why they made these acquisitions, we don’t have to look much further than the press release.  Cisco’s rational for purchasing Intucell is:

“The proliferation of connected mobile devices, faster network speeds, and growing demand for high-bandwidth applications and services are driving greater network traffic and complexity. As mobile service providers continue to face increased end-user demand, the need to optimize network bandwidth, usage, and services is increasing. Intucell’s SON software platform addresses these challenges by examining the network, identifying issues in real time, and intelligently adapting the network to meet demand.” As for the Cognitive acquisition they put it this way:

“Mobility and the cloud are drastically changing the IT security landscape, where traditional security approaches aren’t enough to protect customers against an evolving threat landscape. Today’s threats are more targeted, complex, and disruptive than ever before. Cognitive Security’s technology identifies and detects security anomalies, and when coupled with the network for mitigation, allows Cisco to uniquely address our customers’ security requirements.”

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