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Tail-f Systems is Now Part of Cisco

Tail-f Systems is a leader in network services orchestration technologies.

Cisco has acquired Tail-f Systems, a leading provider of multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for traditional and virtualized networks.

Tail-f has leading products in network services configuration and orchestration and has been a key contributor to standards for network programmability. Its technology enables service providers and enterprises to easily implement network applications, services and solutions across networking devices.

Tail-f products will be a critical component of Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP) - an open, comprehensive orchestration and virtualization software platform that creates, automates, and provisions services in real time, over physical and virtual networks.


Q: Who is Tail-f Systems?
A: Tail-f Systems is a first mover and leader in the emerging network services configuration and orchestration space for SDN and NFV environments, and a leading vendor in the On-device Configuration Management market. Tail-f is also the thought-leader around the development and implementation of the NETCONF protocol and YANG data modeling language. NETCONF and YANG are becoming the preeminent standards to simplify network programmability and automation as well as service orchestration across both traditional physical and virtual infrastructures. These technologies promise to drastically improve on the current generation of disparate, expensive, and slow script-based automation solutions in use by most service providers today.
Q: What are Tail-f Systems' products?
A: Tail-f Network Control System (NCS) orchestration server software enables network operators to provision their services and network devices with a single software tool using the power of the YANG modeling language. This allows organizations to easily implement network applications, services and solutions across a wide variety of networking devices, both traditional hardware-based devices and virtual software appliances, and from multiple vendors. Tail-f NCS is typically offered to service providers and large enterprise IT on a traditional licensing and support basis.

Tail-f ConfD enables network equipment vendors (NEPs) to quickly and inexpensively deliver world-class management functionality for their physical and virtual devices. ConfD uses the YANG modeling language and standard interfaces, including NETCONF and REST, to reduce the time-to-market for network equipment vendors building equipment for agile and programmable networks. ConfD has been OEM'd by over 70 NEPs to date.
Q: Will Cisco continue to sell Tail-f's products on a stand-alone basis?
A: Tail-f's products will continue to be sold stand-alone. Its technology and innovation will also be integrated into Cisco's Evolved Services Platform to provide easy-to-use provisioning services at the NFV orchestration level.
Q: Will Cisco continue to support existing Tail-f relationships with third-party network equipment providers?
A:Yes, in our continuing effort to support multi-vendor environments, Cisco will promote and propagate NETCONF protocol and the YANG language as a means of accelerating the industry transition to an accepted and standardized model-based configuration and provisioning approach, leading to vastly improved customer agility, reduced cost of design, operations and support.
Q: How will the acquisition of Tail-f benefit Cisco's customers?
A: Together with Tail-f, Cisco will implement industry-leading, standards-based, device configuration management capability into our next-generation multi-platform, cross-domain network service design and orchestration under Cisco's ESP. This will enable customers to innovate, design and implement sophisticated network services easily, rapidly and cost effectively, and provide the ability to choose and change vendor-specific platform implementations with minimal impact to existing service designs.

Customers should contact their account representatives for sales-related questions.

Tail-f Systems' customers should continue to use the existing process for support on installed Tail-f Systems products. Cisco will notify you in advance of any change to the support process.

Cisco customers should continue to use the Cisco 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.

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