UPDATED: Cisco buys another start up


Cisco has acquired the small US start-up Rohati Systems.

The deal for the network security company has been kept very quiet with no official releases from either firm but Cisco has confirmed the acqusition with IT PRO.

A spokesperson from the networking giant told us: "Cisco can confirm that it has acquired privately-held Rohati Systems, a developer of access management solutions for virtualized data centers and cloud-based networks. The employees of Rohati Systems will be joining Cisco's Nexus product team."

Rohati was started back in 2006 by a group of ex-Cisco engineers. Based in Sunnyvale, California, its key product is the Transaction Networking System platform allowing for agent-less management of a number of enterprise applications and resources.

The acquisition continues Cisco's trend of snapping up start-ups over the past few years.

The Dow Jones' VentureSource industry tracker release this week showed that Cisco had acquired 48 companies between 2000 and the end of 2009, 13 more than its closest contender IBM.

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