Cisco gets the go-ahead for Navini buy; completes Securent purchase

Good news for Cisco this week on the acquisition front. Cisco received the green light from the Federal Trade Commission to buy WiMAX vendor Navini Networks for $330 million in cash and assumed options. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco's 2008 fiscal year. Also this week, Cisco said it has completed the acquisition of policy management vendor Securent for $100 million.

Securent, which becomes Cisco's 125th buy, will be integrated into Cisco's Software Group, led by senior vice president Don Proctor.

Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, writing in Cnet, says Securent gives Cisco application-layer street cred. Oltsik explains that Securent could be a great deal for Cisco because it provides a set of role-based rules that enforce authorization policies across multiple heterogeneous applications on the back end.

According to Oltsik:

For Cisco, the Securent acquisition has the potential to move an integral piece of application logic (user authorization) onto the network so it fits neatly into the overall Cisco strategy. What's more, Securent will be most attractive in brand new content-heavy collaboration applications--those that also need fat pipes, security tools, and application acceleration to be successful.

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