Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cisco to Acquire Cloupia for Cloud Automation Software

Cisco agreed to acquire Cloupia, a start-up focused on Cloud Automation and Management Software, for approximately $125 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Cloupia, which is based in Santa Clara, California, provides tools to automate converged data center infrastructure.  The Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) is a vendor-neutral, multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud provisioning and management solution that provides physical and virtual infrastructure control, management and monitoring via single pane of glass.  The company said this enables organizations to build their own internal private clouds as well as manage public clouds.

Cisco said Cloupia’s software enhances its own Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio with this single pane-of-glass view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources.  Cloupia's employees will be integrated into Cisco's Data Center Group.

“Cisco’s data center strategy is based on the premise of making it easier for customers to deploy a unified and integrated infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and flexible,” said David Yen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Data Center Business Group. “This strategy involves the delivery of the industry’s most comprehensive data center networking portfolio, which includes physical and virtual products that support multiple hypervisors and storage stacks. The addition of Cloupia’s automation software enhances the efficiency of such unified data center infrastructures, helping to accelerate the transition from physical to cloud environments more quickly and effectively.”

  • Cloupia was founded in 2009 by Raju Datla (CEO), who was previously the founder of Jahi Networks (also acquired by Cisco), and Raju Penmetsa (CTO), Bhaskar Krishnamsetty (SVP of Products & Marketing), Murali Alapati (VP of Engineering), and Kevin S. Lim (VP of User Experience).