Published On: Wed, May 12th, 2021

Cisco Buys Israel’s Sedona Systems for $100 Million

Sedona Systems offers the NetFusion platform.

Sedona Team (Company Pic)

Cisco Systems has announced its intent to acquire Israeli network intelligence and automation company Sedona Systems Ltd. While the purchase price was not revealed, Globes reports that it was $100 million.

Founded in 2014, Sedona Systems’ NetFusion platform automatically discovers the optical and IP layers [L0-L3] of Service Provider networks. It uses this unique real-time visibility and deep analytics to optimize and automate network control.

The company says that this allows its clients to: Control Networks with Data: handle increasing complexity with automatic multilayer network discovery, data-driven optimization, and zero-touch configuration: Make Your Network Service-aware: Provision, assure, and support services with the confidence of full visibility of their transport and routing:; Accelerate SDN Benefits: safely unlock the benefits of controller-based architectures with converged IP/optical control and multi-layer SDN apps.

Sedona Systems boasts that NetFusion is a market leader for its Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking. HCO is the brain that enables transformation like 5G network slicing, routed optical networking, and disaggregation. The Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to deliver complete network abstraction and control, allowing CSPs to manage their networks across domains, vendors, layers, and a myriad of different technologies, all as one single network.

Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of networking for Cisco’s Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, said in a blog post, “Sedona Systems’ NetFusion is a market leader for its Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking. HCO is the brain that enables transformation like 5G network slicing, routed optical networking, and disaggregation. The Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to deliver complete network abstraction and control, allowing CSPs to manage their networks across domains, vendors, layers, and a myriad of different technologies, all as one single network.”

Cisco Israel managing director Oren Sagi, “Every large data center today has lots of technology from different generations, originating from many different manufacturers like Cisco, Juniper and Lucent with a major mix of manufacturers and technologies. You really need one management for all the layers of switches and routers – a system that connects them all via software and creates a large network with single management.”

“Sedona comes to telecoms and says to them – the current model is not efficient because you are paying millions on maintenance, and various people to manage the different network and various management tools,” he added. “Sedona offers to manage everything from one central place and bring all the separate layers into one layer and move from a world of many IP layers, fiber optic and radio to a world of routed optical networks (RON).”

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