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Cisco to Buy Tidal as Part of Its Data Center Rush

Cisco (s CSCO) this morning said it plans to acquire Tidal Software for $105 million in cash as part of its expansion into the data center. Tidal, which raised venture money from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Panorama Capital, and VantagePoint Venture Partners, makes software that schedules jobs and tracks the performance of applications across a network. Cisco can use such software to help IT departments track performance over highly virtualized environments, from the data center to the desktop.

As Cisco pushes its vision of a Unified Computing System out to corporate clients, IT departments will need tools to help manage the beast that is the new Cisco server. With Tidal, Cisco will have job scheduler software in its portfolio that can handle the thousands of virtual machine images on those servers. The software also measures performance across an entire IT network, from the servers to the desktops. That would give Cisco clients an eye on desktop performance, while ensuring that Cisco gets to control access from end to end. Plus, as desktop virtualization is becoming more interesting to corporations, Tidal could be an important part of Cisco’s offering that would help IT track performance issues on those virtual desktops.

6 Responses to “Cisco to Buy Tidal as Part of Its Data Center Rush”

  1. Cisco’s purchase of Tidal is definitely a good move. Data center automation and virtualization technologies, from Tidal for automating routine operational tasks to my company Racemi for automating image capture and provisioning, are designed to enhance usability, efficiency, and even disaster recovery. No longer are the days users must stop everything for an application update or failure. As time-consuming tasks, redundant or complex, are replaced by these automation technologies, spending $105 million is well worth the investment for Cisco and its customers.

  2. Ed Grafe

    Wow… $105 million. This is a rounding error. Usually acquisitions are 2-3 times revenue but this number also includes executive retention. So Tidal was a small player in the job scheduling market. CISCO bought them for a point solution to help with virtualization. This just shows that Tidal was JNAP (just not a player) in the job scheduling space.

  3. Anonymous

    Jason – You’re argument is flawed. If it’s a smart move now, well, it was a bad idea before. They could have saved loads of $$$ before by implementing this earlier.

  4. Cisco is such a beast that the cutbacks in their cafeterias and measures like charging $1 for sodas along with a few trips to the telepresence office instead of execs flying business class will probably pay for this acquisition in a year.

    Smart move.