Cisco has bought the IP PBX management software arm of Digital Fairway for $15.25 million.

Digital Fairway makes software that allows carriers to manage, bill and provision VoIP and video services for business and residential customers. It include automated VoIP set-up and converged applications for end users in a business.

Cisco bought the intellectual property and software assets in cash. Some software development staff will join Cisco's netman group.

Cisco plans to release an enterprise VoIP management platform based on the technology next year. Its upcoming IP Communications Provisioning Manager software will be part of a larger IP communications management software suite, according to the company.

The software "will enable rapid enterprise-wide IP telephony deployment by simplifying and automating operations through workflow-based unified provisioning," Cisco said. "In addition to user and dial plan provisioning, it will also support change management using a database of record."

Before the buyout, the focus of Digital Fairway's enterprise products was specifically on supporting Cisco IP PBX gear.

Last week, Cisco announced it was paying $6.9 billion for video specialist Scientific-Atlanta.