Cisco Had Talks to Acquire Cloud Startup Turbonomic

Cisco Systems recently had talks about the possible acquisition of Turbonomic, a startup that sells cloud management software. The acquisition of Turbonomic would give Cisco an edge over rivals like Hewlett Packard Enterprise in automation technology, which is becoming increasingly important for companies running applications in data centers and the public cloud.

The likely price and the status of the talks couldn’t be learned. Nine-year-old Turbonomic has raised $117.5 million in five funding rounds. It was valued at around $800 million after its last funding round in January, a $50 million Series E led by General Atlantic, according to Crunchbase. Turbonomic’s valuation may have risen since then due to Cisco’s $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics, a firm offering complementary services, focused on monitoring performance of applications.

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Cisco has been active on the M&A front under Mr. Robbins, adding 20 companies since he became CEO. Six of the acquisitions have come this year, including AppDynamics, networking startup Viptela, artificial intelligence startup MindMeld, cloud startup Observable Networks and storage startup Springpath.  

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