Cisco announced on June 17, the acquisition of privately held Tail-f Systems for $175 million in cash. The deal is set to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco’s fiscal 2014 year. With the acquisition of Tail-f, the Cisco product portfolio gains some much-needed device and network configuration management solutions.
Tail-f’s technologies center around the orchestration of physical and virtual networking. Tail-f’s core product platform is the Network Control System (NCS), a multi-vendor network device management tool. The NCS tool makes extensive use of the YANG data modeling language specification and the NETCONF protocol to understand device and network configuration.