Cisco Buying Pari

NetworkWorld reports that Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately-held Pari Networks, a provider of network configuration, change and compliance management appliances that was founded by former Cisco engineers.

This is an interesting acquisition, bringing awesome power to Cisco’s “Smart Service” capabilities by enhancing the ability of Cisco devices to manage the health and stability of customer networks through proactive, personalized services.  This will help identify potential network problems and potentially changes and attack indicators before they can do damage, and to optimize the performance of their networks.

In my humble opinion, Cisco is on the cusp of a major turning point in network/security integration if this is handled correctly.