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Cisco Systems is looking to bolster its cloud computing services offering by acquiring privately held newScale, a company that offers software that enables businesses to more efficiently provision resources across their IT environments.

Cisco announced the deal March 29. No financial details were disclosed.

NewScale, which company officials said has about 2 million users worldwide, sells portals for cloud computing, enabling businesses to more easily and efficiently provision their IT systems, according to Cisco. Through its service catalog and self-service portal, newScale enables IT organizations to browse what services are available to them and order those services on an on-demand basis.

Cisco officials said such capabilities dovetail with their own network-based cloud computing strategy.

"Cloud computing represents a major shift in the evolution of the Internet, and as more customers migrate from traditional IT infrastructures, the need for rapid self-provisioning and efficient management becomes increasingly critical," Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president of Cisco Services, said in a statement. "With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures."

NewScale’s FrontOffice Suite includes PortfolioCenter, on online brochure where businesses can find the services they’re looking for, and RequestCenter, an automated request and fulfillment site where that can be deployed through the IT infrastructure, including physical and virtual servers and storage and networking devices. LifecycleCenter offers management of service items and workloads, and DemandCenter manages costs, billing and service demand.

Cisco officials said their cloud strategy is based on using the network as the foundational platform, enabling businesses and service providers to build and use cloud computing environments and services. The company hopes to leverage newScale’s online cloud portfolio to expand the ways Cisco can get its IT and cloud software offerings to customers.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Cisco Builds Cloud Offerings with newScale Purchase.