Cisco to Buy Pari for Network Management, Security Services

Cisco Systems is buying Pari Networks, a company whose software and appliances offer capabilities in network security, compliance and configuration.

Cisco Systems plans to buy Pari Networks, a privately held company that sells network configuration, change management and compliance management services.

Pari Networks' products and solutions are a good complement to Cisco's smart service offerings, according to Cisco officials. Cisco will integrate Pari's technology into its smart services, a move designed to help Cisco and its partners to proactively manage customer networks.

"As business functions become more reliant on devices and applications that run over their networks, customers realize that maintaining the health and performance of the network is critical," Joe Pinto, senior vice president of Cisco's Technical Services, said in a statement. "Pari Networks will help Cisco and our partners to deliver smarter, more proactive services that help our customers to identify potential network problems before they occur and optimize the performance, management and efficiency of their networks."

No financial details were disclosed, and Cisco officials expect the deal, which was announced Jan. 26, to close this quarter.

On the company's Website, Pari officials said the company aims to help IT and security professionals with enterprises and managed security providers improve in such areas as government regulation compliance, security policies, security risk mitigation, and IT infrastructure management. The company's technology works in multi-vendor and multi-technology environments, and it can be deployed via appliances, software or portals.

Pari's appliances includes the Parita Security Appliance line of products, which offers centralized security policy and risk management capabilities, and Parita Security Console, the wizards-based interface for the security appliance. The appliances support either Microsoft Windows or Linux platforms and can be installed on any desktop or laptop.

The software offerings include the Pari Network Assessment Tool for network device discovery, lifecycle management and security vulnerability assessment reports. The Pari Wing software series helps partners automate network data collection for analysis, auditing and reporting, and Pari Terminal Gateway is an add-on set of features that works in conjunction with the Parita appliances to create a gateway for access to all network devices, the company said.

Pari splits its employees between its Milpitas, Calif., headquarters and another location in Hyderabad, India. Cisco officials said they intend to incorporate Pari engineers and employees into the company's Technical Services business. Cisco has been working through innovation, acquisition and partners to make their services more proactive and less reactive through its smart services efforts.