Cisco has added to its toolbox of video conferencing and collaboration tools with the acquisition of Assemblage, a San Francisco-based startup focused on cloud communications.
The acquisition, announced on Friday afternoon without financial terms, will also give Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) a stronger WebRTC story. Assemblage uses the peer-to-peer technology to enable browser-based, real-time communications without any downloads, plugins, or installations required. (See What WebRTC Means for Telcos.)
Cisco said in a blog post Friday that the purchase would help Cisco "capture the ongoing market transitions of mobility, cloud, and the Internet of Everything (IoE)."
Assemblage also enables screen sharing, presentation broadcasting, and whiteboarding for online collaboration, and it also works across 40 different file types. Its engineers will join Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group, and work to build services that can integrate with popular third-party cloud services such as Box and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
Why this matters
This latest acquisition by Cisco gives the networking giant another collaboration tool in its box. Cisco has been pushing its high-end video conferencing hardware for years, alongside WebEx, Jive, and other services, but it's also looking for ways to make it more accessible and open as enterprise interest wanes. Assemblage's relationship with third-party cloud providers will help, as will its affordable, simple approach to collaboration.
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading