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  • Writer's pictureSarah Brightmann

Cisco Makes a Bold Move with $28 Billion Splunk Acquisition

In a surprising shift, networking giant Cisco has announced its acquisition of Splunk for a whopping $28 billion, marking a significant departure from its usual acquisition strategy. This bold move brings together two tech giants and their respective expertise in networking and observability.

Splunk offers a powerful observability platform that will complement Cisco's security business, providing customers with enhanced threat detection and security capabilities. Additionally, the acquisition will enable organizations to gain deeper insights into system failures, troubleshoot various issues across enterprise systems, and efficiently analyze vast amounts of log data.

Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will pay a substantial premium of $157 per share, a remarkable increase from Splunk's recent stock performance. Splunk's market capitalization currently hovers just above $20 billion.

Cisco's CEO and board chair, Chuck Robbins, highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in the deal, emphasizing its role in cybersecurity. He stated, "Our combined capabilities will drive the next generation of AI-enabled security and observability. From threat detection and response to threat prediction and prevention, we will help make organizations of all sizes more secure and resilient."

Splunk's president and CEO, Gary Steele, expressed his excitement about the merger, emphasizing its potential to accelerate Splunk's mission to enhance global organizational resilience while delivering significant value to shareholders.

Industry analyst Ray Wang of Constellation Research sees a natural synergy between the two companies, particularly in handling threat detection, security, and observability. Wang noted that the combination will provide customers with improved network security and a comprehensive view of data, driving AI valuation for Cisco.

This deal stands out as one of the largest enterprise software acquisitions of the year, far surpassing other notable transactions in the tech industry. While both companies' boards have approved the acquisition, regulatory approval is still pending, given the heightened scrutiny that such deals are currently facing worldwide. If all goes as planned, the acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of next year.

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