Feeds

Cisco Borgs WebEx

$3.2bn conferencing play

Top three mobile application threats

Cisco is to acquire web conferencing leader WebEx, the companies announced in a joint release today.

Cisco will pay $3.2bn, though WebEx has $300m cash in the bank, so the real cost is nearer $2.9bn.

WebEx has technology to manage online conferences; sharing slides and streaming content from a presenter to an audience, as well as managing attendance and allowing questions to be sent back to the presenter.

WebEx also provides services for companies such as BT Conferencing, Salesforce.com, and America Online. Though largely used by US companies, the technology allows people around the world to experience the same conference - right down to making attendees select a seat and indicate when they're comfortable and ready to start.

For Cisco the deal is part of its move up the value chain, from a company selling the anonymous grey boxes so essential to modern networking, to one providing goods and services direct to companies and their employees. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.