Cisco to buy Whiptail for $415 million to strengthen unified computing system strategy

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The privately held Whiptail, based in Whippany, N.J., is a provider of solid state memory systems that enable organizations to simplify data center and virtualized environments and process more data in less time.

Cisco is looking at enhancing application performance by integrating scalable solid state memory into the UCS’s fabric computing architecture.

The acquisition of Whiptail will enable Cisco to integrate Whiptail’s memory systems with UCS at a hardware and manageability level. Whiptail will simplify customers’ data center environments by delivering the required performance in a fraction of the data center floor space with unified management for provisioning and administration.

“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, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

Cisco recently announced its plans to buy cyber security provider Sourcefire for $2.7-billion.

Whiptail employees will be integrated into the Computing Systems Product Group led by Paul Perez, vice president and general manager.

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