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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire PostPath

August 27, 2008 - 3 Comments

Exciting news! Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire PostPath, Inc. This acquisition is a tremendous display of commitment to Cisco’s collaboration growth strategy and innovative partnering.Why PostPath you ask? —-.The company extends Cisco’s Collaboration Platform through a Linux-based email, calendaring and collaboration software solution. These additions clearly augment Cisco’s Saas based WebEx Connect Collaboration Platform which currently includes- Instant Messaging, Wikis, Web 2.0 applications, Teamspaces and Document Sharing. In addition, PostPath’s email and calendaring software has: –native compatibility with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. –compatibility with mobile clients such as Blackberry and ActiveSync.Upon the closing of the acquisition, PostPath is expected to become part of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group and integrated with WebEx Connect and Cisco’s Unified Communications portfolios. Take a closer listen to the announcement and details of the acquisition on the Cisco Analyst Relations Podcast website: your feedback on this acquisition: How do you think the addition of PostPath to Cisco’s portfolio will ultimately affect/influence the Collaboration marketplace?

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  1. I don't think one can argue that email is important to an organization. I do think that one can argue that email is fast becoming a commodity between RIS type services and the various players in the market. The most difficult issue to date has been to provide secure, fast, reliable, spam-free, and cheap email services to end users via a client that they want in an easy to use way. I think that this acquisition is very interesting and merits watching Cisco more closely to see where they take this.

  2. Email is probably THE most important application and PostPath's system to blend into an existing Exchange system, use Active Directory, and get away from that antiquated Microsoft email database where it requires a massive effort to restore emails. Yeah, I can see how this could be a good move for Cisco. I see where users like Outlook but system people hate Exchange.

  3. This deal stinks. Email is one of the most important applications and therefore one of the least likely to be replaced. Good luck winning share. It'll end up costing Cisco lots more than $215 million. Here's my post on the Cisco gets Email?"