Cisco announced today its intention to buy privately held Jabber, a messaging software company. The deal is expected to close in the first half of Cisco’s fiscal-year 2009, and no financial terms were disclosed.
Jabber’s technology leverages open standards to provide a highly scalable architecture that supports the aggregation of presence information across different devices, users and applications. The technology also enables collaboration across many different presence systems such as Microsoft Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, AOL AIM, Google and Yahoo!.
The acquisition will enable Cisco to embed presence and messaging services “in the network” and provide rich aggregation capabilities to users through both on-premise and on-demand solutions.