Cisco Systems said this week that it would acquire Ensoft, a privately held British networking software company.
In a blog post announcing the deal, Rob Salvagno, vice president of corporate development and head of Cisco's M&A and venture investment team, said that the deal was meant to “further our commitment to simplify service provider networks through automation and programmability.” Ensoft, based in Harpenden, England, provides software solutions for service provider networks, Salvagno said.
Terms of the deal, which is scheduled to be complete in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal 2019, were not disclosed. CRN USA has reached out to the networking giant for more details about its acquisition.
According to its website, Ensoft launched in 1997 and has grown to an annual revenue of 10 million pounds ($17.6 million). The company employs around 70 engineers, according to the site.
Salvagno wrote that Cisco’s networking software strategy is centred on “enabling simplified, scalable, trusted, and automatable IP network infrastructure.”
“Acquiring the Ensoft team accelerates this strategy and strengthens our commitment to our service provider customers,” he continued.
Salvagno said that Ensoft employees would be incorporated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group, led by SVP and general manager Sumeet Arora.