To harness network for building clouds and cloud services
Technology services provider Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately-held newScale, a provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organisations to select and deploy cloud services within their businesses.
California-based newScale allows commercial and enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis. Cisco’s cloud strategy is to harness the network as a platform for building and using clouds and cloud services, said the company.
With the acquisition, newScale is expected to complement and expand existing Cisco and partner software offerings in IT and cloud management and automation.
Cisco remains committed to supporting flexibility and choice in management through a broad ecosystem of technology partners, and newScale delivers an additional option the company can provide to its customers, the company said.
Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed. With the close of the acquisition, the newScale team reports into Cisco’s Advanced Services organisation.
Earlier, Cisco Services senior vice-president Parvesh Sethi had said the cloud computing represents a major shift in the evolution of the Internet, and as more customers migrate from traditional IT infrastructures, the need for rapid self-provisioning and efficient management becomes increasingly critical.
"With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures," Sethi said.
Recently, in an attempt to revive the company fortunes, Cisco Systems chief John Chambers had outlined 5 key areas for the company: routing, switching and services; collaboration; data center "virtualization" and "cloud" computing; architectures; and video.
"We are making key, targeted moves as we align operations in support of our network-centric platform strategy," Chambers had said.