Cisco Exec to Lead Firetide

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on May 27, 2013

Firetide had been the most visible and vocal proponent of wireless mesh surveillance but, in the past few years, the company has gone relatively quiet. Now, the company has announced a new CEO, tapping Cisco veteran John McCool who spent 17 years with Cisco, most recently serving as CTO and senior VP of the Global Enterprise Segment, before leaving the company last month.

For this note, we talked to McCool about Firetide’s position and its plans going forward, concluding with an analysis of their positioning.

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Comments (2)

Cisco will be acquiring fire tide within twelve months.

I am curious: What does FireTide have (in terms of products) that Cisco does not?

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