Cisco Systems' hyper-convergence moves this week signal the networking behemoth's realization that one size almost certainly does not fit all when it comes to hyper-converged infrastructure.
The company on consecutive days this week rolled out major enhancements to its HyperFlex platform, and saidthat it intends to acquire Skyport Systems, a privately held hyper-convergence startup backed by Cisco and other industry heavyweights.
Skyport markets cloud-managed hyper-converged systems with a bit of secret sauce in its recipe for security. Cisco Vice President for Corporate Business Development Rob Salvagno wrote in a blog this week that the company will be folded into Cisco's Data Center Computing Systems Product Group.
One of the key challenges of hyper-convergence and hybrid cloud architecture is that they can be difficult to secure, and the acquisition of Skyport allows Cisco to tackle that problem head on. Salvagno said Skyport's intellectual property is likely to be used across Cisco's portfolio.
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