Cisco is acquiring privately-held cloud company Metacloud. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds with an OpenStack-as-a-Service model…

Cisco has introduced what the company calls the industry’s first threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW). Cisco ASA with FirePower Services provides contextual awareness and dynamic controls that help in automatically assessing threats, says the company.

Cloud security company OpenDNS has raised a $35 million investment round. Existing investors Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures participated in the financing, along with Glynn Capital, Cisco, Evolution Equity, Lumia Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Northgate Capital.

Intel has inked expanded relationships with Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco to accelerate network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined network (SDN) technologies. The collaboration is expected to bring the benefits of a standards-based approach to communications networks.