Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Banzai Cloud

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

Cisco announced that it intends 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 underscore Cisco’s 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 its 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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