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Cisco Buying CliQr To Expand Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Cisco announced Tuesday it is acquiring application management cloud startup CliQr for $260 million as the networking giant moves deeper into the cloud.

CliQr, which is already integrated into some of Cisco's data center switching and cloud offerings like Application Centric Infrastructure and Unified Computing System, is designed to help users deploy and manage their applications in cloud environments.

"Customers today have to manage a massive number of complex and different applications across many clouds," Rob Salvagno, Cisco corporate development vice president, said in a statement. "With CliQr, Cisco will be able to help our customers realize the promise of the cloud and easily manage the life cycle of their applications on any hybrid cloud environment."

Some of the benefits that Cisco aims to deliver with the CliQr acquisition includes allowing enterprises to create a single application profile and deploy it to a public or private cloud, and to any data center.

CliQr also can automatically apply an enterprise's access control and security policies to an application, and then ensure that those policies move with the app. The CliQr technology will measure app performance in any cloud environment -- and provide a one-click single management interface to control and monitor apps, users, and cloud environments.

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