Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) is acquiring LineSider Technologies, a “cloud” computing network management software and services firm.

LineSider is based in Danvers, Mass. It is privately held.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco, one of the world’s largest providers of networking gear and technology, said LineSider technology would boost its capabilities to help customers provision cloud services.

“Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity for Cisco customers to create more effective business models and increase the operating efficiency of the network,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president of Cisco’s Network Management Technology Group, in a statement. “With the acquisition of LineSider, Cisco will gain a key component to helping customers make this shift. LineSider’s advanced network management software integrates both physical and virtual network services with a policy-based approach and makes networks more flexible and responsive to change.”

LineSider customers include EMC and mobile communications provider Orange.

Cisco employs some 4,000 people at its campus in RTP.

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