Cisco snaps up cloud search startup Synata

Cisco Systems has acquired privately held Synata, a San Francisco search-technology startup.

The terms were not disclosed.

The San Jose networking giant said Synata’s technology will be folded into Cisco Spark, a cloud-based business collaboration service.

The deal will take Cisco Spark “to the next level,” said Rob Salvagno, who heads mergers and acquisition activity for Cisco.

Sonata’s technology enables secure searches of encrypted data.”When I first saw what Synata could do on top of Cisco Spark’s end-to-end encryption—without negatively impacting speed or usability—it blew me away,” said Rowan Trollope, vice president of Cisco’s Internet of Things and Collaboration Group, in a blog post.

Trollope said Synata solves “the tricky problem of how you search something you can’t see…something like highly encrypted data in the cloud.”

Pat White, CEO of Synata, said in a message posted on the company’s website that all Synata accounts have been closed and “made permanently inaccessible” and indexes have been deleted.

He asked customers to contact the company with any questions.

Photo: (AP/Paul Sakuma)


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