In a move that underscores the trend toward “cloud” computing, Cisco said it intends to acquire Tidal Software, a privately held company that specializes in intelligent application management and automation solutions that Cisco said will enhance its data center products. 

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

"Cisco believes the network has become the logical platform to manage and maintain mission-critical applications," said Gary Moore, senior vice president of advanced services at Cisco. "With the acquisition of Tidal Software, Cisco will accelerate its ability to help customers optimize the performance of their business applications and automate operational best practices in real time, which will lead to significantly reduced operational costs."

Upon the close of the acquisition, the Tidal Software team will become part of the Cisco Advanced Services organization.

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