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Kinder, Gentler Cisco

8:50 AM -- This morning's Wall Street Journal spotlights the new hands-off acquisition methods at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

The Page 1 story uses IronPort Systems as its case study, but really, the model's been seen already with Linksys (whose brand name really is getting phased out), Scientific Atlanta , and WebEx Communications

You'll also note the strategy is being pushed by Ned Hooper, a Cisco exec whose star has been on the rise since Mike Volpi and Charles Giancarlo left. (See Cisco's Next Heir.)

Here's the article's online version, for those with online subscriptions.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:43:09 PM
re: Kinder, Gentler Cisco
For enough money Bill Gates (who is really Cthulhu) can buy me. Cisco is a slightly lesser evil.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:43:09 PM
re: Kinder, Gentler Cisco The part that's interesting about the article is that IronPort so vehemently didn't want to get bought by Cisco at first. They changed their minds when they were promised some autonomy.

What's your take? Would you want to get bought by Cisco?
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