Cisco Grabs Assemblage for Real-time Cloud-based CollaborationCisco Grabs Assemblage for Real-time Cloud-based Collaboration
In an Internet of Everything (IoE) play, Cisco (CSCO) has snapped up Assemblage , a Danish developer of cloud-based, real-time collaboration tools and infrastructure that work inside a browser, on mobile devices and on the desktop.
July 3, 2014
In an Internet of Everything (IoE) play, Cisco Systems (CSCO) has snapped up Assemblage, a Danish developer of cloud-based, real-time collaboration tools and infrastructure that work inside a browser, on mobile devices and on the desktop.
Neither company disclosed terms of the transaction, which already has closed. The deal marks Cisco’s second acquisition in the last two weeks. On June 17, the networking giant earlier purchased Tail-f Systems, which makes a software layer for network administrators to oversee devices through a single interface, for $175 million.
Assemblage’s cloud collaboration solutions include online meetings, presentations and screen sharing, all in real time without additional downloads or plug-ins. The company’s technology integrates with third-party cloud services such as Box and Google (GOOG) and supports 40 different file types, officials said.
Hilton Romanski, Cisco senior vice president and Business Development head, positioned the acquisition as helping the vendor to “capture the ongoing market transitions of mobility, cloud and the Internet of Everything.”
Assemblage’s existing team will be folded into Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, said Romanski, in a blog post, adding that the deal fits into the vendor’s overall collaboration blueprint.
“Assemblage’s experience integrating with third-party cloud ecosystem applications like Box and Google shows a close alignment to Cisco’s collaboration strategy and our commitment to simplicity and interoperability,” Romanski wrote.
In a blog post, Assemblage officials described the deal as a “natural continuation and acceleration of our goals and vision. We are confident that Cisco and Assemblage will continue to provide users and businesses with world-class experiences within real-time collaboration. We will continue to push the limits of browser technologies and maintain our focus on making collaboration as simple as possible; laser-focused on the end user experience and ease-of-use.”
Assemblage said customers won’t notice anything different from the company—it will continue to offer its products and services as previously and pledged to communicate any changes well ahead of time.
“We are of course committed to promoting a smooth integration on behalf of all of you, our existing users,” the company said.
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