Cisco Eyes Greater Energy Management Play With JouleX Buy


Cisco Wednesday said it will plunk down approximately $107 million to acquire JouleX, a privately held maker of IT energy management solutions.

Cisco, San Jose, Calif., said the deal will bolster its Software-as-a-Service and Smart Services offerings with new energy management capabilities for both enterprise and data center networks.

In addition, Cisco said the JouleX buy complements Cisco EnergyWise, software built into Cisco switches to help users monitor, report on and control the energy consumption of devices running on their networks.

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"JouleX's technology will strengthen Cisco Services' Smart Offerings and complements our evolving services strategy. It extends our 'Internet of Things' capabilities and is a good alignment to Cisco EnergyWise," said Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president of Cisco's Industry Solutions, in a statement. "With network-enabled devices increasing exponentially, our partners and customers are asking for this solution today to operationalize their energy management capabilities in the network and reduce cost."

JouleX's energy management solutions leverage what Cisco called a "cloud-enabled, agentless" architecture that makes them easy to deploy and scale. JouleX's flagship product is Energy Manager, which comes in three versions, including one for data centers, one for PCs and one for distributed offices.

The aim of JouleX's platform, much like Cisco EnergyWise, is to reduce energy costs by monitoring, analyzing and managing energy usage across all network-connected devices and systems. JouleX Energy Manager also includes reporting and analytics tools that help network operators decide things such as where to increase rack density or where to recapture hidden network capacity.

Cisco said its acquisition of Atlanta-based JouleX is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2013. JouleX employees, at that time, will be integrated into Cisco's Connected Energy Solutions team under the Cisco Industry Solutions Group, and report to David Goddard, vice president and general manager of the group.

PUBLISHED MAY 29, 2013