Cisco to buy intelligence platform ThousandEyes

Cisco has announced its intention to buy ThousandEyes, the internet and cloud intelligence platform, for an undisclosed sum.

Driven by the rapid acceleration of cloud adoption, widespread use of SaaS applications, and a reliance on the Internet and networks outside of enterprise control, makes ThousandEyes an attractive offering.

The increased dependence on the Internet and other third-party infrastructures, also impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, reduces the ability for enterprise IT teams to predict, visualise and control operational behaviour.

By combining Cisco’s network and application performance with ThousandEyes’ visibility into the Internet, customers will now have an end-to-end view into the digital delivery of applications and services over the Internet.

This in turn allows them to isolate deficiencies and improve network and application performance across enterprise and cloud networks.

In addition, the acquisition will also empower enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation, by delivering comprehensive visibility into applications and services delivered to customers and employees.


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“I’m excited to welcome the ThousandEyes team to Cisco,” said Todd Nightingale, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise networking and cloud at Cisco.

“The combination of Cisco and ThousandEyes will enable deeper and broader visibility to pin-point deficiencies and improve the network and application performance across all networks.”

“This will give customers end-to-end visibility when accessing cloud applications, and Internet Intelligence will improve networking reliability and the overall application experience.” 

Cisco will integrate ThousandEyes’ capabilities across Cisco’s core enterprise networking and cloud, and AppDynamics portfolios.

ThousandEyes will join Cisco’s newly formed networking services business unit, reporting to Todd Nightingale with CEO and co-founder Mohit Lad will assuming the role of general manager of ThousandEyes.

While co-founder, CTO Ricardo Oliveira will continue to drive ThousandEyes product vision and innovation strategy.

The acquisition is expected to close before the end of Cisco’s Q1 FY21.

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