RRE portfolio company Whiptail has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO). We congratulate the entire Whiptail team on this important development.
The full press release is below:
Acquisition Strengthens Cisco's Unified Computing System Strategy With Integration of High Performance Solid State Memory Systems
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced its intent to acquire privately held WHIPTAIL, a leader in high performance, scalable solid state memory systems that enable organizations to simplify data center and virtualized environments and process more data in less time. Based in Whippany, N.J., WHIPTAIL will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System™ (UCS) strategy and enhance application performance by integrating scalable solid state memory into the UCS's fabric computing architecture.
New breeds of applications such as virtual desktops and data analytics are imposing increased performance demands on traditional storage array systems. Bridging the gap between increased application performance demand from servers and what traditional storage systems can deliver, requires that solid state memory systems be brought closer to the application. With the acquisition of WHIPTAIL Cisco is evolving the UCS architecture by integrating data acceleration capability into the compute layer. Integrating WHIPTAIL's memory systems with UCS at a hardware and manageability level will simplify customers' data center environments by delivering the required performance in a fraction of the data center floor space with unified management for provisioning and administration.
"We are focused on providing a converged infrastructure including compute, network and high performance solid state that will help address our customers' requirements for next-generation computing environments," said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group. "As we continue to innovate our unified platform, WHIPTAIL will help realize our vision of scalable persistent memory which is integrated into the server, available as a fabric resource and managed as a globally shared pool."
UCS's architectural advantages such as built-in automation and high performance fabrics complement WHIPTAIL's high performance data services. UCS and WHIPTAIL, together with Cisco Nexus® data center switches, will accelerate Cisco innovation and momentum in the converged infrastructure.
Upon completion of the acquisition, WHIPTAIL employees will be integrated into the Computing Systems Product Group led by Paul Perez, vice president and general manager. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives in exchange for all shares of WHIPTAIL. The acquisition of WHIPTAIL is expected to be complete in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
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This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expected completion of the acquisition and the time frame in which this will occur, the expected benefits to Cisco and its customers from completing the acquisition, and plans regarding WHIPTAIL personnel. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things, the potential impact on the business of WHIPTAIL due to the uncertainty about the acquisition, the retention of employees of WHIPTAIL and the ability of Cisco to successfully integrate WHIPTAIL and to achieve expected benefits, business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, customer markets and various geographic regions, global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment and other risk factors set forth in Cisco's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change, and Cisco will not necessarily update the information.