Cisco has announced that it bought Exablaze, which is an Australia-based company that fabricates and builds superior networking gear based on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The key goal of the firm is to provide ultra-low latency networking for the businesses by carrying out high-frequency trading. Cisco will blend Exablaze’s technology into its own product range. The addition of Exablaze’s leading ultra-low latency devices and FPGA-based applications to Cisco is definitely going to help soar up the finances and also to put HFT customers in a better position to obtain business and offer a customer value proposition.
The financial trading is the basic reason behind the acquisition along with ample users in big data analytics, high-performance computing, and telecom space. Cisco’s Nexus portfolio that has data center switches will profit from the addition of Exablaze’s technology. Along with the integration of the existing portfolio, the companies can also work on next-generation switches with the idea of opening a new door into the field of AI and ML segments. The acquisition deal is no doubt going to help Cisco enhance its sales, support teams, global reach, manufacturing base, and broad technology using Exablaze’s timing & time synchronization technologies, low-latency FPGA expertise, layer 1 switching, and cutting-edge low-latency networking.
Similarly, Cisco has acquired 6 more companies this year. It has bought many software companies including Acacia Communications. Most recently it has announced its interest in purchasing fabless semiconductor firm that produces optical interconnects. Cisco plans to acquire Luxtera for $660 Million. The semiconductor firm could help in modernizing the networking equipment of Cisco. Both companies could use silicon, optics, and process technology to enable customers to design future-proof networks optimized for consistency, performance, and cost. The company had also acquired Leaba Semiconductor for $320 Million in 2016 owing to its advanced chipmaking capability.