Cisco today announced plans to acquire San Jose-based startup Perspica, a company that specializes in using machine learning to analyze streams of data.\nCisco says it will integrate the Perspica technology into its AppDynamics product, which provides network and application monitoring and analytics.\nOne of the reasons it was attracted to Perspica is because of the company\u2019s ability to monitor data in real-time, Cisco says. Being able to process data as it's created or very soon afterwards can speed the time that end users are able to gain insights from the data, the company says. \u201cPerspica is known for its stream-based processing with the unique ability to apply machine learning to data as it comes in instead of waiting until it\u2019s neatly stored,\u201d says Bhaskar Sunkara, VP of Engineering at AppDynamics.\nThe acquisition of Perspica comes less than a year after Cisco purchased AppDynamics. Cisco says AppDynamics\u2019 detailed reporting capabilities of network and application activity is invaluable to emerging networking use cases, such as intent-based networking (IBN). IBN uses a deep understanding of what\u2019s happening in the network with advanced automation and orchestration tools to implement policies on the network and maintain the desired state of the network.\n\n\n\n\n\nCisco has said its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), combined with its Tetration analytics and AppDynamics monitoring create an IBN for data centers. Perspica will be another component integrated into AppDynamics.\u00a0\u201cAt its foundation, the more data you pull in, the greater the need is to act on it in real time, and act on it at scale early in the process so you can decide what\u2019s noise and what\u2019s the signal,\u201d said AppDynamics CEO David Wadhwani about Perspica\u2019s impact on Cisco\u2019s broader IBN strategy.\nTerms of the deal were not disclosed.