Has Cisco broken out of the network hardware box?

Cisco has for a few years now touted software over its hardware powers but with this week’s AppDynamics buy it may have broken out of its traditional bailiwick for good.

That’s because AppDynamics gives Cisco customers a unique, intelligent comprehension of what ‘s going on in their business networks from the infrastructure to applications. It also gives Cisco, which was an AppDynamics customer itself, the ability to help customers keep up with the rapidly-changing environments found in cloud and web-based environments in a way it hasn’t been able to till now.

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AppDynamics develops software that manages and analyzes applications and specializes in managing public and private cloud environments. The company says selling into the move to public cloud has been its single biggest “tailwind,” according to David Wadhwani, AppDynamics CEO and president.

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