Cisco buys Reactivity to boost Web 2.0 offering

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Cisco buys Reactivity to boost Web 2.0 offering

Antony Savvas

Cisco Systems is acquiring XML (eXtensible Markup Language) gateway provider Reactivity for around £71m to boost its Web 2.0 offering to firms.

Reactivity's XML gateways enable customers to efficiently deploy, secure, and accelerate XML and web services.

The acquisition, said Cisco, confirms the supplier’s commitment to the expanding application networking services market, which is an important part of Cisco's service-oriented network architecture strategy.

Jayshree Ullal, Cisco senior vice-president for datacentre switching and security, said, “Reactivity, together with our Application Control Engine, provides a highly capable solution for customers' application delivery needs in the datacentre.”

The acquisition is expected to be completed during Cisco's third quarter ending 28 April, said Cisco.

The 60-strong Reactivity headcount and products will be integrated into Cisco’s datacentre switching and security division.

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