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Vol. 3 No. 8 October 2004

Hot Spots: Remote control

Late in June when most of us were thinking about fireworks, barbeques and water sports, Cisco Systems Inc. made an interesting acquisition. The networking giant picked up Actona Technologies Inc. of Los Gatos, CA, a developer of wide area file-transfer software, for approximately $82 million. The storage buzz volume immediately increased, as everyone wanted to understand what Cisco was up to. Did this acquisition mean that Cisco was jumping into storage with both feet? Not quite. Cisco did this deal because it viewed Actona's technology as a key piece of its Full-Service Branch (FSB) strategy. FSB tightly links a series of branch office products and services back to the enterprise. Actona's ActaStor is distributed file service software that integrates remote file shares with centralized data repositories. The product gives remote and branch office users the performance and feel of local access to file data. In other words, the Cisco/Actona marriage can provide companies with centralized control of remote offices for storage ...

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