With the acquisition of Sedona Systems, Cisco intends to consolidate its position in optical networks.
The equipment manufacturer Cisco has reached an agreement to acquire the supplier of automation and control solutions for multilayer networks Sedona Systems for an amount of 100 million dollars according to Crunchbase. Based in California with a research and development office in Israel, this strar-up, also known as Sedonasys, was founded in 2014 by Ori Gerstel and Yossi Wellingstein. The network equipment manufacturer is targeting in particular the hierarchical controller of the Sedonasys NetFusion platform, which it plans to integrate into the Cisco Crosswork portfolio. Sedona Systems’ NetFusion software provides service-to-fiber visibility based on real-time data from operational network domains including 5G, converged IP and core optics, access and network ‘aggregation. The software automatically discovers the packet and transport layers (from Layer 0 to Layer 3), assembles all layers and domains, and performs in-depth analyzes to optimize and automate network control.
In April, Sedona Systems announced the addition of its NetFusion offering to the Cisco DevNet SolutionsPlus Program. At the time, Sedona’s NetFusion platform was to be used to strengthen Cisco’s Crosswork Automation Solution and Routed Optical Networking by extending its reach to multi-layered and multi-vendor IP and optical environments. The acquisition of Sedona will allow communications service providers (CSPs) around the world to purchase Sedona NetFusion solutions directly from Cisco and its authorized partners. According to Cisco, Sedona’s NetFusion network controller offering transforms a complex, multi-layered, multi-vendor infrastructure into a unified, easy-to-control network.
Automate networks, but with ease
“The goal of our network automation strategy is clear: simplification,” said Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of product management, Cisco Service Provider Network Systems, in a blog post. “By integrating Sedona NetFusion into the Cisco Crosswork portfolio, we can deliver the most advanced network automation platform to our Cisco Routed Optical Networking Solution and the simplest automation solution. Now, communication service providers can exercise real-time, dynamic and transparent control over multi-vendor IP and optical networks, ”he said. “Communication service providers can ditch manual and clunky operations performed by siled teams and technologies, and quickly move to a fully automated and guaranteed network that is easy to manage from a single screen,” a- he added.
The combination of Cisco Crosswork and Sedona NetFusion could also provide a real-time replica of a company’s entire network to enable it to predictively manage any changes in deployment, connectivity and activation status. of the entire network inventory. “Sedona Systems’ NetFusion is a market leader with its Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation in software-defined networks,” said Kevin Wollenweber. “The HCO is the brain that enables transformations like 5G network slicing, routed optical network and disaggregation.” According to Kevin Wollenweber, “The Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to offer complete network abstraction and control, enabling communications service providers to manage their networks across domains, providers, layers and a myriad of different technologies. , all as a single network ”. The terms of the buyout agreement have not been made public.