Cisco announces intent to acquire Hungary's Banzai Cloud

The company's second cloud-native acquisition in as many months shows it is looking to add to its development resources for cloud applications and programming.

November 16, 2020

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Cisco announces intent to acquire Hungary's Banzai Cloud

As modern cloud-native applications become more pervasive, the environments in which these applications run are becoming thinner (containers, microservices, functions), increasingly distributed and more geographically diverse.

Emerging cloud infrastructure technologies give rise to unique implementation challenges as the modern cloud-native application relies on the network to provide application and API connectivity and a runtime platform for an ever-changing cloud topology. Addressing these challenges will drive developer agility and reduce friction so they can focus on writing code while spending less time managing the environments in which their applications run.

This is why we are pleased today to announce that we intend to acquire substantially all of the assets of Banzai Cloud Zrt. This team has demonstrated experience with complete end-to-end cloud-native application development, deployment, runtime and security workflows. They have built and deployed software tools that solve critical real-world pain points and are active participants in the open-source community as sponsors, contributors and maintainers of several open-source projects.

Founded in 2017 and based in Budapest, Hungary, the acquisition of Banzai Cloud's assets and team is Cisco's second recent cloud-native focused acquisition. In October, Cisco acquired Portshift, a cloud-native security company based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

These two cross-border acquisitions are a testament to the globalization of the cloud-native ecosystem and underscore our commitment to hybrid, multi-cloud application-first infrastructure as the de facto mode of operating IT. The Emerging Technologies and Incubation team's mission is to incubate impactful technologies and to attract, foster and grow the global talent needed to drive innovation and support our customers' digital transformation initiatives.

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of Cisco's second quarter of FY'21. The Banzai Cloud team will join the Emerging Technologies and Incubation group, where they will assist in incubating new projects for cloud-native networking, security and edge computing environments for modern distributed applications.

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– Liz Cetoni, Senior Vice President, Emerging Technologies and Incubation, Cisco Systems

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