Cisco Buys Sedona Systems ‘for $100M’ to Expand Optical Networking Portfolio

Cisco has acquired Sedona Systems, a start-up from Israel who’s NetFusion Platform automatically discovers, aggregates, and analyzes network data from multiple online systems as well as optical and IP sources. Although financial details of this acquisition were not officially disclosed, the deal would be estimated at $100 million.

Cisco has been further developing and integrating its network services for some time already, bringing together IP-based and optical networks. Their latest merger should simplify network design, management and maintenance for Cisco customers. It adds multi-layered network automation and management solutions for 5G slicing and routed optical networking. Sedona’s NetFusion Platform would provide customers with unified, real-time, and accurate network-wide data that is then used by different NetFusion products.

By adding Sedona’s products to its own product offering, Cisco aims to make the work of telecom companies a bit easier. These companies have to deal with increasingly complex networks while the amount of data traffic they have to process is growing rapidly. This would make it challenging for them to resolve technical errors. By adding Sedona’s products to its own product portfolio, Cisco aims to help solve these networking challenges and strengthen its software-defined networking capabilities.

Hierarchical Controller (HCO)

Sedona’s NetFusion flagship networking technology is a commercially deployed Hierarchical Controller (HCO). It transfers network management from hardware to software. It enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking. The acquisition comes a little over a month after Cisco announced its Routed Optical Networking offering.

The technology delivered by Sedona Systems focuses on automatically discovering packet and transport layers and performing deep analytics to optimize and automate network management.

The company’s solutions are expected to be integrated into Cisco’s Crosswalk portfolio. The combination of Cisco Crosswork and Sedona’s NetFusion platform should result in organizations being able to replicate their entire networks in real time, predicting all deployment, connectivity and activation status changes across all network inventory.

Upon completion of this acquisition, communications service providers (CSPs) around the globe should be able to purchase Sedona NetFusion solutions directly from Cisco and its certified partners.