Feeds

Cisco pushes application optimisation

FineGround purchase gives scope for expansion

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Cisco has bought application optimisation start-up FineGround Networks for approximately $70m in cash and options. The deal, announced Thursday, is expected to close before the end of July 2005, subject to regulatory approvals.

Privately-held FineGround makes network appliances that "accelerate, secure, and monitor application delivery". Cisco plans to integrate the data centre-orientated kit within its extensive portfolio of networking gear as a means to help its customers accelerate application response time and minimise costs.

According to FineGround, its technology can improve end-user response times by up to five times, reduce application bandwidth usage by up to 90 percent, and reduce the load on servers by up to 90 percent. The technology also allows firms to add application firewall functions to web-enabled business transactions.

FineGround was founded in June 2000 and has 42 employees. Post acquisition, the firm will join Cisco's Security Technology Group, reporting to Jayshree Ullal.

Last month Cisco's main rival Juniper Networks splashed out $500m on two firms in a move also broadly geared towards making IP-based applications more secure and reliable. Wide Area Network optimisation technology firm Peribit Networks and application front end firm Redline Networks have joined the Juniper stable ahead of plans by both Cisco and Juniper to make application optimisation a key plank in their product development plans. ®

Related stories

Juniper takes two for improved application push
Cisco pays $65m for Protego
Cisco warns over DNS glitch

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.