Sunday, November 20, 2005

Cisco Acquires Digital Fairway for IP Telephony Provisioning

Cisco Systems acquired the intellectual property and other assets of Digital Fairway, a developer of IP telephony provisioning systems, $15.25 million in cash. Digital Fairway, which is based in Toronto, will become part of Cisco's Network Management Technology Group, joining the CDIC (Campus, Data Center and IP Communications) group led by Vice President Clive Foreman.

Digital Fairway's IP Telephony Provisioner will form the foundation for Cisco's IP Communications Provisioning Manager, a new enterprise-class IP communications provisioning product to be released in 2006. The IP Communications Provisioning Manager will enable rapid enterprise-wide IP telephony deployment by simplifying and automating operations through workflow-based unified provisioning. In addition to user and dial plan provisioning, it will also support change management using a database of record. Cisco will also incorporate the assets into its lifecycle services framework.

Cisco said the acquisition would enhance its ability to develop a unified, automated enterprise-class provisioning platform supporting its full range of IP communications products.

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