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Cisco Nabs NeoPath

Cisco has decided to make its partnership with NeoPath Networks a permanent arranagement. (See Cisco Buys NeoPath.)

Cisco plans to buy the network file virtualization startup for an undisclosed sum by the close of its third quarter on April 28. That's nearly a year after Cisco invested in NeoPath's last $11 million round, which brought its total funding to about $29 million. (See Cisco, NeoPath Make It Official.)

Cisco will move NeoPath's 55 full-time employees from their Santa Clara headquarters to Cisco's San Jose campus once the deal is done. There, the group will report to Jayshree Ullal, SVP of Cisco's Data Center Switching and Security Technologies Group (DSSTG).

It's not clear yet whether NeoPath's CEO, Alan F. Baratz, will stay on board.

Cisco isn't clear about how NeoPath's wares will fit into its product line. Spokesman John Noh says they should compliment Cisco's wide-area application services (WAAS) offerings. "By acquiring the NeoPath technology Cisco gets an in-depth knowledge of file level protocols such as NFS and CIFS," writes John Noh in an email today. "We plan on leveraging this knowledge to enable future product developments to accelerate and enhance file systems based upon tighter integration with the network infrastructure." Specifics are unclear.

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