Cisco Systems is acquiring Portshift, which develops a Kubernetes-native security platform for application containers, Cisco disclosed today. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the purchase price was roughly $100 million, according to a Globes report.

This is M&A deal number 397 that ChannelE2E has covered so far in 2020. See the full M&A deal list here.

Portshift, based in  Tel Aviv, Israel, has the following company mission: To enable DevOps, Security and Operations to team up and utilize Portshift's identity-based workload protection for continuous security of their cloud-native applications.

Portshift develops software that ensures secure Kubernetes clusters, the company says. Key use cases include:

  • Visibility
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Compliance
  • Network Segmentation
  • Kubernetes Network Encryption
  • Security Automation for DevOps

Portshift raised $5.3 million in seed funding from Team8 in November 2018. Additional technology partners include Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. It's unclear if the company has a channel partner program for VARs, IT consultants and MSPs (managed IT service providers).

Cisco Systems Explains Portshift Acquisition

In a blog about the deal, Liz Centoni, Cisco Senior VP and GM of IoT, wrote:

"Portshift aligns to Cisco’s approach of providing secure connectivity between users, devices and apps, wherever they reside; visibility and actionable insights from the end user to the application; a simplified consumption model that includes cloud-first Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) capabilities; commitment to an open source and open standards philosophy; and breaking down the siloes between developers, security teams, infrastructure teams, operations and SRE teams."

The deal is expected to close in the first half of Cisco's fiscal year 2021 -- which generally means Cisco should official own Portshift before January 1, 2021. When the deal closes, the Portshift team will join Cisco’s ET&I group. Headcount figures associated with the deal were not disclosed.

Cisco Systems: Acquisitions and Business Evolution

Cisco continues to extend its business from traditional networking hardware toward SaaS-based services that extend across multiple clouds and on-premises opportunities. The journey has involved some business cost cuts along with multiple acquisitions.

Recent acquisitions include: