Cisco Acquires BroadHop for Network Policy
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BroadHop's policy management solution is already in use by over 90 telecom providers. It's a segment of the market Cisco is active to engage with in an expansion of its service provider business and broader efforts for Software Defined Networking.
"Cisco’s acquisition of BroadHop is also an evolutionary step in supporting Cisco’s Open Network (ONE) for extensible network programmability," Cisco's press release stated. "This policy infrastructure represents the baseline to monetization of the network and will enable Cisco to develop software services that empower network operators to deliver revenue-generating services, while enhancing the end-user experience."
SDN and network programmability are at the core of Cisco's strategy for 2013 and beyond. During Cisco's recent Financial Analyst day event, Cisco emphasized how important SDNis for the company. Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment) was first announced in June of this year as an effort to abstract all of the networking vendor's hardware operating systems providing a programmable network.
Cisco will be integrating the BroadHop assets in the Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group. reporting to Shailesh Shukla, vice president and general manager of the company’s Software and Applications Group.