Cisco to Acquire Cloud-Based SD-WAN Specialist Viptela

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Cisco Systems Inc., with a couple of SD-WAN products already in its portfolio, announced it will expand its offerings by acquiring startup rival Viptela Inc.Viptela is a five-year-old San Jose, Calif.-based company founded by former Cisco execs that directly competed with Cisco with its SD-WAN overlay architecture -- built on its Viptela Fabric -- for applying software-defined networking (SDN) techniques to wide-area networks that connect enterprise branch locations.

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