The Spanish word "arroyo" refers to a dry creek that occasionally fills with water from torrential rains. It also makes a clever name for a video-on-demand (VOD) specialist -- think video data instead of water, and you get the metaphor. Arroyo Video Solutions has developed a distributed VOD server that lets networked commodity systems act as a single, central server that offers up video content on user request.
Networking giant Cisco
You see, Cisco isn't just buying an interesting set of technologies; it will also retain all 44 of Arroyo's employees. That represents a veritable brain drain from competitor 3Com
Taken together with the Scientific-Atlanta acquisition last year, the Arroyo deal is further proof of Cisco's ambition to run your living room. In announcing the deal, a senior executive noted that the entertainment industry is shifting to personalized anything-on-demand with "any content delivered to any end device." I agree with that assessment, and I believe that Cisco is doing the smart thing in positioning itself for leadership in that space.
The tie-in shouldn't be horribly difficult, partly thanks to a few relationships that the two parties already have in common. Comcast
- Fellow Fool Tim Beyers has seen Cisco's entertainment ambitions, too.
- Read up on VOD and what it means to Cisco.
- CEO John Chambers is a true-blue Fool himself.
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