SAN JOSE, Calif. – On July 9, 2019, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Acacia Communications, Inc., a Massachusetts-based publicly traded company and existing Cisco supplier that designs and manufactures high-speed, optical interconnect technologies that allow webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data.
Exponential growth in Internet users, data and video content delivery, social networking, and demanding business applications have pushed the speed and capacity limits of traditional server, router and switch infrastructure. As system port capacity increases from 100GbE to 400GbE and beyond, optics, including optical pluggables, address network infrastructure constraints, particularly density and power requirements in longer distance, fiber-scarce environments.
Acacia’s optical technology portfolio will enrich Cisco’s optical offerings for existing customers as well as those customers who will transition from chassis-based systems to pluggable technology in order to simplify operations and reduce network complexities.
The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of Cisco Fiscal Year 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals. Upon close, Cisco and Acacia will continue to serve and support new and existing Acacia customers.
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