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Cisco (CSCO) is acquiring Cariden Technologies, a provider of network management software for carriers, for $141M in cash + retention incentives. Cisco touts the capacity planning/optimization abilities of Cariden's software, which manages both routers and optical networking gear, and says it will complement its nLight platform for jointly provisioning both types of hardware. Cariden competes with OPNET (OPNT), which is set to be acquired by Riverbed (RVBD). Cisco bought two other network management software firms earlier this year (I, II).