Cisco has plugged a couple more gaps in its low-end product portfolio by acquiring two niche networking players.
It is buying Ardent Communications for $156 million in stock, and Global Internet Software, for $40.2 million in cash.
Ardent designs access products for integrating voice, LAN, data and voice traffic across public and private frame relay and ATM networks. These complement Cisco?s more expensive 3800 range of access concentrators.
Ardent was formed only last year by Wu Fu Chen, founder also of Cascade Communications and Arris Networks.
Global Internet Software produces firewall software for small and medium-sized business. Cisco will also take a minority interest in Global?s former parent company, Global Internet.com.
Cisco has bought or taken stakes in a dozen firms in the last year. Its shopping spree has cost it nearly $700 million.
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