Cisco was already an investor in Skyport, having participated in the company’s $30 million Series C round in 2016. The company has raised about $67 million in total funding. Besides Cisco, other big name investors included Alphabet’s GV, Intel, and Index Ventures.
The Skyport Systems team will join Cisco’s Data Center – Computing Systems Product Group led by GM Liz Centoni and the Service Provider – Networking Group led by GM Jonathan Davidson.
Skyport integrates security into its HCI technology, which it refers to as “hyper-secured infrastructure,” wrapping security around every workload. The company’s turnkey SkySecure HCI product integrates hardware, software, and service components. It’s a cloud-managed, on-premises server.
But it sounds as if Cisco won’t be using the company’s hardware.
Rob Salvagno, the head of Cisco’s M&A and venture investment team, wrote in a blog post today, “This acquisition will enable Cisco to utilize Skyport’s intellectual property, seasoned software, and network expertise to accelerate priority areas across multiple Cisco portfolios.”
And Nils Swart, Skyport’s head of product, tweeted today, “Sadly the current product will not continue. Sincerely hope the technology will indeed find its place in a good line-up of (new?) Cisco products.”
Cisco already provides hardware with its own HCI product, HyperFlex.
*This article has been updated to reflect Nils Swart’s correct title.