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Less than one month after announcing it planned to buy Cloupia, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based software company that automates converged data-center infrastructure, Cisco has closed the acquisition.
Cloupia software allows enterprises and service providers to simplify the deployment and configuration of physical and virtual resources from a single management console. This buy includes Cloupia's infrastructure management software and talent.
When combined with Cisco's data-center management solutions, Cloupia will enable enterprises and service providers to seamlessly manage pools of computing power, network services, storage and virtual machines as a unified whole in order to deploy and deliver IT services more rapidly and at lower costs.
The purchase is for $125 million in cash and retention-based incentives.