Cisco Systems is acquiring a California-based network management appliance developer for approximately $16 million in cash.

Jahi Networks, which wais privately held, has developed devices that simplify deployment, configuration and management processes. Cisco said Jahi technology “compliments” existing Cisco applications and will lead to a new enhanced network management solutions.

“A major challenge in providing network management applications is the lack of consistent means of communicating with the variety of devices that comprise an end-to-end network — a programmatic interface can provide an automated means of interaction with network devices,” said Cliff Meltzer, senior vice president for Cisco’s Network Management Technology Group. “Jahi’s technology will help Cisco build a practical and unique solution for management of existing and new devices.”

Jahi has some 20 employees with offices in California and Hyderabad, India.

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