There have been a number of acquisitions in the first half of 2015. In fact, while there has only been one major merger in the web services industries, there have been too many acquisitions to mention them all here.
Open-Xchange and Dovecot completed their merger in March, making the former partners into an open-source email server giant, capable of providing encryption and full support for both front and back-end.
A number of cybersecurity companies have been scooped up by larger firms, including Israeli startup CyActive being acquired by PayPal to add its malware development prediction technology, and also lead its new cybersecurity center in Israel. Trustwave was bought by Singtel for over $800 million, while Level 3 acquired Black Lotus to boost its DDoS protection capabilities.
There were some acquisitions by big name hosting industry companies as well, such as CenturyLink, GoDaddy, QTS Realty Trust, Akamai, and Equinix, the latter scuttling a proposed merger. While you may not know the name BLM Acquisition Corp. (I didn’t), the consortium that bought Codero is composed of 32 local telecoms and broadband companies, and we’ve all heard of some of them.
Many of the companies named above will be represented at HostingCon Global 2015. Hundreds of hosting companies, hundreds of companies offering related services, and dozens of associated organizations, on-profits, and yes, investors will also be represented. All have exciting innovations, insights, and passion to share. Above all else, it’s the companies who come and the people who represent them that make attending HostingCon so valuable.
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