Cisco announced it has purchased , a search startup that allows users to search across on-premise or cloud repositories simultaneously. Cisco plans to integrate the Synata technology into its Spark communications platform (which should not to be confused with Apache Spark).
While Cisco usually reveals purchase prices, for some reason it chose to keep this one to itself.
Cisco’s Rowan Trollope writing in a company blog post said Synata gives Cisco an enhanced search experience it’s been, well, searching for and been unable to create itself. He said that people said that kind of experience just couldn’t be found because if you increased security, you naturally reduced findability (which seems logical).
“We thought those people were wrong. So did the founders of a little company called Synata, Inc. They were working hard to solve the tricky problem of how you search something you can’t see…something like highly encrypted data in the cloud,” Trollope wrote in his blog post.
Cisco’s Rob Salvagno writing in a separate blog post was also excited about the possibilities that Synata search technology is bringing to the company and how it will integrate with Cisco Spark.
“Their search technology will also work within Cisco Spark’s unique approach to end-to-end encryption in the cloud, which makes them a great fit for our team. Like us, they prioritize cloud development that allows customers to have privacy and control of their data at all times,” he wrote.
In a note , Synata CEO Pat White indicated that the company officially shut down two days ago and that the entire team and its intellectual property were now part of Cisco.
Synata was founded in 2012and has raised a modest $1.45 million, according to CrunchBase.
The Spark communications platform is a collaboration tool that provides a way for teams to communicate and collaborate on projects not unlike Slack. There are versions for iPhone and Android, Mac and Windows and a web version too.
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