Cisco Continues Cloud Push with Meraki Acquisition

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Cisco is on a cloud roll. Just three days after announcing plans to acquire Cloupia, the company revealed it would buy cloud networking provider Meraki for the price of $1.2 billion.

Meraki’s offerings include wireless LAN, access switches, security appliances and mobile device management. Just last month, the company announced that it would provide free networking to technology startups.

Discussing the acquisition in a press release, Rob Soderbery, a Cisco Senior VP, said the move would help his company “make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available” for Cisco’s “global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises.”

“Meraki’s solution was built from the ground up optimized for cloud, with tremendous scale, and is already in use by thousands of customers to manage hundreds of thousands of devices,” Soderbery continued.

Cisco already provides a range of cloud-related services, including infrastructure, applications, desktop virtualization and more.