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Cisco takes neopath route on storage

Cisco has agreed to acquire privately held storage management vendor NeoPath Networks.

Cisco has agreed to acquire privately held storage management vendor NeoPath Networks.

NeoPath’s Smart virtualisation technology and its File Director family of products simplify the management of network-attached storage (NAS) and other file servers.

The acquisition follows an investment in NeoPath by Cisco in April last year after rival Brocade purchased file virtualisation vendor NuView Systems.

“Enterprise customers are asking Cisco how they can make better use of their existing IT infrastructure, and NeoPath is part of the answer,” said Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of Cisco’s Datacenter Switching and Security Technology Group (DSSTG). “NeoPath’s technology will enhance Cisco’s services-oriented network architecture (SONA) direction and vision by establishing tighter linkages between file based data and network accelerated services,” he said.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2007, ending April 28, 2007. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Upon close of the transaction, NeoPath’s 55 employees and products will be integrated into DSSTG, the networking giant said.

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