Cisco just announced the intent to acquire Embrane (see the Cisco blog HERE or Embrane announcement HERE). This will enhance efforts Cisco has invested in its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) project (more found HERE) by adding the ability to centrally manage network services on a per-application basis very quickly. Embrane is able to provide application-centric network services such as firewalls, VPNs, load balancers and SSL off engines making a nice fit into the Cisco catalog.
Here is the post from Cisco.
With agility and automation as persistent drivers for IT teams, the need to simplify application deployment and build the cloud is crucial for the data center.
Today, Cisco is pleased to announce its intent to acquire Embrane, a provider of a lifecycle management platform for application-centric network services.
As we continue to drive virtualization and automation, the unique skillset and talent of the Embrane team will allow us to move more quickly to meet customer demands. Together with Cisco’s engineering expertise, the Embrane team will help to expand our strategy of offering freedom of choice to our customers through the Nexus product portfolio and enhance the capabilities of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
With this acquisition, we continue our commitment to open standards through programmable APIs and multi-vendor environments. More importantly, we remain committed to the rich ecosystem of partners and customers in production through the automation of network services, cloud and system management orchestration and automation stacks.
The Embrane team will be joining the Insieme Business Unit. We expect the acquisition to be complete before the end of the current quarter. Financial terms are not disclosed.