Cisco said it intends to acquire network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes for an undisclosed amount.\nFounded in 2010, the 400-employee ThousandEyes firm offers a cloud-based software package that analyzes performance of local and wide-area networks and the internet.\u00a0 Utilizing its world-wide insights into service networks the company also tracks ISP, cloud and collaboration application performance via a family of intelligent cloud, enterprise and endpoint agents.\n\u201cThousandEyes\u2019 technology warns us when a user\u2019s experience is less than ideal and can pinpoint where those failures were caused. With thousands of agents deployed throughout the Internet, ThousandEyes\u2019 platform has an unprecedented understanding of the Internet and grows more intelligent with every deployment,\u201d wrote Todd Nightingale, senior vice president and general manager with Cisco in a blog post about the acquisition.\n\u201cThe ThousandEyes acquisition will enable deeper and broader visibility to pin-point deficiencies and improve the network and application performance across all networks your business relies on by enabling end-to-end visibility when accessing cloud applications,\u201d Nightingale stated. \u201cInternet Intelligence won\u2019t just improve networking reliability, but end-to-end application experience.\u201d\nCisco said it envisions embedding ThousandEyes technology in a variety of its products including its AppDynamics application performance, SD-WAN, WebEx and Meraki families to enhance visibility across the enterprise, internet and the cloud.\nWith the acquisition, common tooling and sharing datasets for application and network health will help remove silos, giving IT teams at Cisco shops real-time visibility into application performance degradation issues, he stated.\nThe internet helps deliver cloud applications, but it is also the underlying backbone for SD-WAN services so it is key for customers to have the best insights into that network, said Mohit Lad CEO & co-founder of ThousandEyes in a call announcing the deal.\u00a0\n\u201cWe provide tons of network intelligence, and when that is married with actions such as network planning or failover decisions it's super powerful for users,\u201d Lad said.\nIn the end how Cisco implements the technology will be key to how successful the acquisition becomes.\n\u201cCisco buying ThousandEyes adds to its network intelligence portfolio," said Lee Doyle principal analyst at Doyle Research and Network World contributor. \u201cThousandEyes is a leading supplier network performance and internet monitoring, and it will be interesting to see how and where Cisco leverages this capability.\u201d\u00a0\nThe acquisition was handled virtually \u2013 a first for Cisco \u2013 and is expected to close before the end of Cisco\u2019s Q1 FY\u201921. ThousandEyes will join Cisco's newly formed Networking Services business unit, reporting to Nightingale.\u00a0 As part of the Networking Services business unit, ThousandEyes CEO Lad will take on the role of GM of ThousandEyes and Co-Founder, CTO Ricardo Oliveira will continue to drive product strategy.