Cisco has completed its purchase of Tidal Software, which specializes in intelligent application management and automation products.

The acquisition fits Cisco’s push into what it calls “unified computing,” and what most everybody else has been calling “cloud computing.” The basic idea is to shift more IT resources out of corporate facilities and on to the network.

Service providers can take advantage of the approach by packaging access to the network-based resources (computing, storage, etc.) as a virtual network to business customers.

Cisco’s approach is to shift the cloud computing focus to the data centers that would be built around Cisco products. Its Unified Computing concept involves an evolutionary data center architecture that unites compute, network, storage access and virtualization resources in a single, cohesive system.

Last week, Cisco unveiled its Unified Service Delivery offering, a platform designed to help service providers build a foundation for cloud services while they transform the delivery of consumer and business applications to any place and device (story here). The offering combines Cisco's data center portfolio and Unified Computing architecture with the capabilities of the Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs).

Tidal Software's intelligent solutions will advance Cisco's data center strategy, Cisco said, by providing timely, accurate and cost-efficient management and automation of application performance across entire business operations – from the server through the network to the desktop.

Cisco announced the $105 million purchase in early April (story here).

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