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Acquisitions

Cisco completes acquisition of Sedona Systems

Accelerating adoption of Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking

Overview

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 22, 2021 – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

Today Cisco is excited to announce the completion of the acquisition of Sedona Systems, a technology company that offers a leading multi-vendor, cross-domain network controller.

Network automation is a vital component for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to simplify networks and realize the benefits offered by a converged network. Sedona brings technological strength and industry credibility to help accelerate the adoption of Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking including:

  • Extending Cisco's Crosswork to manage third-party optical network products, and
  • Driving demand from Service Provider customers to use a hierarchical controller providing visibility and control over multi-vendor, multi-layer optical and IP networks.

The tight integration between Cisco Crosswork and Sedona’s NetFusion, provides customers with a complete and accurate understanding of the network for their accelerated journey toward full automation of the Converged SDN Transport network.

Sedona adds strong talent to Cisco that will continue to develop optical capabilities for the Mass-scale Infrastructure Group (MIG) and enhance Cisco’s network automation Crosswork portfolio.

FAQs

Q: Can you explain Sedona Systems’ offering?
A: Network automation is a vital component for CSPs to simplify networks and realize the benefits offered by a converged network. Sedona offers a leading network controller with broad third-party integrations across multiple domains (optics and microwave) currently used by several tier 1 service providers. Its leading multi-vendor, cross-domain controller combined with Cisco Crosswork leads in automating the operational lifecycle of Converged SDN Transport networks. Cisco Crosswork + Sedona’s NetFusion together deliver a holistic network automation solution that accelerates Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking strategy.

Q: Why did Cisco choose Sedona Systems?
A:
 Sedona brings technological strength and industry credibility to accelerate the adoption of Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking.

  • Sedona’s NetFusion solution helps insert Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking offer to brownfield (existing) and greenfield (new) optical networks with its comprehensive support of third-party optical resources.
  • The optics market is highly fragmented in brownfield networks and adding Sedona’s technology to Cisco’s network automation portfolio significantly increases Cisco’s presence in optical transport networks.
  • The tight integration between Cisco Crosswork and Sedona’s NetFusion provides customers with a complete and accurate understanding of the network for their accelerated journey toward full automation of the Converged SDN Transport network. 
  • With the acquisition of Sedona, Cisco adds strong talent to its roster that will continue to develop optical capabilities for the Mass-scale Infrastructure Group and enhance Cisco’s network automation Crosswork portfolio with support of third-party optics and multi-domain service orchestration as a hierarchical controller.

Q: Why is now the right time to acquire Sedona Systems?
A: With the acquisition of Sedona, Cisco adds to Crosswork a strategic control point to establish relevance and preference in customers by providing visibility into non-Cisco optical networks. Sedona also brings strong talent to Cisco that can continue to develop optical capabilities further building out MIG’s network automation portfolio.

Cisco Crosswork and Network Services Orchestrator combined with Sedona’s NetFusion offering provides CSPs with simple, seamless, dynamic and integrated control of both IP and optical networks. Together, Cisco and Sedona help CSPs advance and accelerate their transition from manual operations across siloed teams and technologies to a fully automated, proactive operation.

Q: What product gaps is Cisco trying to address with this acquisition?
A: Approximately 95% of today’s optical networks are made up of third-party optics and Cisco’s solution doesn’t currently support a multi-vendor environment. Sedona’s NetFusion is a leading network controller with broad third-party integrations across multiple domains (optics and microwave) and gives Cisco a multi-vendor controller. It also accelerates the adoption of Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking strategy.

Customer & Partners

Sedona Systems Customers and Partners:

If you are an existing customer or partner of Sedona and have questions about your product or service, please continue to contact your existing Sedona representative.

Cisco Customers and Partners:

If you are an existing customer or partner of Cisco and have questions about your product or services, please continue to contact your existing Cisco representative.

Customer Experience

Current Sedona customers and partners should continue to contact Sedona for support on their products, and to renew their service support contracts. Any changes to the processes will be communicated with ample time.

isco customers should continue to use the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for technical support on Cisco products. For more information about opening a technical support case and for regional TAC telephone numbers, refer to Cisco Worldwide Support Contacts.

Better Together

Together, Cisco and Sedona Systems are helping Communication Service Providers advance and accelerate their transition to a fully automated, proactive operation.