Oracle said Monday it would buy Internet performance and DNS provider Dyn in a deal believed to be worth between $600-$700 million.
The company is keen to develop its cloud-computing business in a bid to compete with infrastructure and platform service leaders like Amazon and Microsoft. The Dyn deal will give Oracle’s clients access to Internet performance data, such as how quickly webpages load, that could help them optimize infrastructure costs.
WHO ARE DYN?
Dyn, headquartered in New Hampshire, is a cloud-based Internet performance company that allows its clients to monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure. The company’s domain name system (DNS) services help Internet users reach websites by allowing web addresses to take users to their final destinations. Its global network makes an estimated 40 billion traffic optimisation decisions each day for more than 3,500 enterprise customers.
Dyn is best known for being the victim of a large-scale DDoS attack in October that left dozens of popular websites unreachable for parts of the day, including Twitter, Spotify, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, and Paypal.
The attack was executed through a botnet consisting of a large number of Internet-connected devices—such as printers, IP cameras, residential gateways and baby monitors—that had been infected with the Mirai malware.
Chief Strategy Officer Kyle York described it as “a sophisticated, highly distributed attack involving 10s of millions of IP addresses.” With an estimated load of 1.2 terabits per second, the attack is, according to experts, the largest DDoS on record.
Oracle is best known for selling business software to large companies. But, in recent years, the company has moved its enterprise software programs to the cloud as it looks to reinvent itself as a cloud computing company.
What services can Dyn offer Oracle? Dyn uses the vasts amount of data it gathers to help optimize clients’ networks - including data on the sorts of DDoS attacks that took down its own servers in October. That’s the sort of competitive insight Oracle needs to compete with the leading names in the cloud computing market.
Dyn released a short statement on their website:
“The cloud team at Oracle are doing exactly that and we think it’s game-changing. They are building the world’s most comprehensive cloud computing platform from the ground up, with an incredible team. This is why we are proud to announce that Dyn’s leading cloud-based Internet Performance and Domain Name System (DNS) solutions are joining Oracle.
“While Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for Internet applications and cloud service, Managed DNS and its corresponding value added services are critical core components of being a full-stack cloud platform provider. Adding Dyn’s best-in-class DNS solution to Oracle cloud will provide enterprise customers a one-stop shop for infrastructure services. This combination will bring deeper value to our customers.”
This is the latest in a string of purchases in 2016. Oracle has already agreed deals for Palerra, a company that specialises in cloud security, and the world’s very first cloud software company, NetSuite, for $9.3bn in cash – one of the largest acquisitions in Oracle’s history.
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