Shopaholic: Cisco Kicks Off 2010 With Acquisition Of Network Security Startup Rohati

Does Cisco have a shopping addiction? The tech giant has acquired a handful of technology companies in only a matter of a few months! This week, Cisco quietly opened up its purse strings once again to acquire data center security startup Rohati Systems for an undisclosed amount.

Cisco recently acquired the set-top box business of one of China’s largest cable companies, DVN, for $44.5 million. This deal was peanuts compared to Cisco’s other 2009 acquisitions including the acquisition of ScanSafe for $183 million. And last fall, Cisco announced a $2.9 billion acquisition of mobile networking infrastructure provider Starent Networks, which followed the $3 billion acquisition of video video-conferencing company Tandberg in late September.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Rohati Systems was founded by five former Cisco engineers to provide data center and cloud security. Its Transaction Networking Systems (TNS) helps enable secure collaboration and policies for controlling access to data center and cloud resources without touching applications, servers, or operating systems. Rohati has made a big push recently towards security in the cloud, so perhaps Cisco will be using the startup’s technology to offer clients increased cloud-based security options. Cisco’s security offerings also got a boost from the company’s acquisition of ScanSafe late last year.