Cisco Announces Intent To Acquire Accedian

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Accedian, an industry leading network performance monitoring partner that enables seamless operation of service provider transport and 5G networks.

“Accedian was born in the heart of the world’s largest and most complex networks,” said Dion Joannou, CEO of Accedian. “When we were acquired by Bridge Growth Partners, a leading technology investment firm, in 2017 we transformed the company, accelerated its growth, and evolved to a SaaS-first service assurance platform. Microseconds matter to customers and customer experience, and precise, granular performance visibility is a foundational requirement for closed-loop automation, agile telco cloud environments, and latency-sensitive 5G services. We look forward to bringing our critical capabilities to a wider set of solutions within Cisco’s Networking portfolio and taking the next step in the partnership we have built with Cisco and our joint customers over the last years.”

Kevin Wollenweber, SVP/GM, Cisco Networking, Data Center and Provider Connectivity, says in a blog, “As Dion and I have worked together over the past two years, I have come to know the Accedian team and their dedication to solving customer problems, their deep technical understanding of this market, and their great capacity to innovate to solve some of the biggest assurance challenges.”

During this time, Cisco and Accedian have collaborated through the Cisco SolutionsPlus program to deliver a joint automation and assurance solution for service provider customers. Accedian greatly strengthens Cisco’s approach to assurance, helping to enable agility, efficiency, and the scale that service providers need to drive success. Accedian’s service assurance portfolio of microsecond level sensors and the powerful Skylight Analytics platform, coupled with Cisco’s robust portfolio, will enable Cisco to bring transformational solutions to our service provider customers.

With Accedian’s sophisticated network performance and user experience monitoring capabilities for CSP customers, Cisco has a unique opportunity to link that data into Cisco ThousandEyes’ cloud for end-to-end network assurance.

The Accedian team will join CIsco’s Data Center and Provider Connectivity organisation within Cisco Networking.