Cisco Buys Jabber For Enterprise IM Platform

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has entered a definitive agreement to buy out Jabber, Inc.  Jabber is a Denver, Colorado-based instant messaging company.  Cisco plans on integrating Jabber in their Collaboration portfolio.  This acquisition complements Cisco’s acquisition of WebEx. 

“Enterprise organizations want an extensible presence and messaging platform that can integrate with business process applications and easily adapt to their changing needs,” stated Doug Dennerline, SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group. “With the acquisition of Jabber, we will be able to extend the reach of our current instant messaging service and expand the capabilities of our collaboration platform. Our intention is to be the interoperability benchmark in the collaboration space.”

Jabber’s customers and partners include AOL’s AIM, Bank of Ireland, BT, CapWIN, Carahsoft, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, Early warning, Emerald, Eyeball,, Lymabean, Earthlink, Eyeball, Intelink, Me.dium, Privacy Networks, Sun, Adobe, Akamai, and Akonix.

Jabber’s IM platform supports an aggregatioin of AIM and Google Talk.  The Jabber IM platform can also support built-in Microsoft Outlook features.  Jabber IM is already compatible with WebEx, which may have been a reason why Cisco was interested in the IM platform.