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Cisco Reacts to Reactivity

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is continuing its push into applications territory, announcing today a bid to acquire Reactivity Inc. , a vendor of XML-processing appliances.

The $135 million cash deal is expected to close by the end of April. Reactivity's 56 employees would be folded into Cisco's Datacenter Switching and Security Technology Group, headed by senior vice president Jayshree Ullal. (See Cisco to Buy Reactivity.)

Cisco will continue offering Reactivity's gear, but it's also eyeing the possibility of applying Reactivity's technology to other gear to provide WAN acceleration and security.

It's all part of the push by Cisco and others to create application-aware networks. As more applications come to use XML as their language for sending information, networking gear has had to add XML processing to its duty roster.

For carriers, XML is a keystone to service-oriented architectures (SOA), where an enterprise converts its operations into Web-based services. (See XML Networking's Carrier Appeal.)

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