Cisco's New Acquisition Builds IT App Stores in the Cloud
Now that it has identified the cloud as the next frontier in its network architecture play, Cisco is moving quickly to stake its claim there. To wit, the company’s proposed acquisition today of self-service information technology software outfit newScale.
With about two million users worldwide, newScale has carved out quite a niche for itself selling a cloud portfolio that essentially extends the iTunes App Store metaphor to IT services. (Judges for the VMworld 2010 Award applauded newScale for “[bringing] the iPhone experience to the enterprise.”) And that should dovetail nicely with Cisco’s own network-based cloud computing strategy, which involves enterprise customers building out their own private clouds.