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Perseverance acquired by Clearlake Capital Group for $ 3 billion
Jeff Fox, President and CEO of Endurance
November 2020 – Endurance, the company that runs web hosting brands like Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com, and others, has been acquired by Clearlake Capital Group. Clearlake will purchase all of Endurance's outstanding common stock for $ 9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $ 3.0 billion including outstanding debt. continue reading.
“We are excited about this agreement, which recognizes the value of our multi-brand scale platform. We pride ourselves on serving approximately 5 million customers worldwide as providers of solutions that help small and medium-sized businesses thrive online and increase the value of their customer relationships, "said Jeff Fox, President and CEO of Endurance.
HostPapa continues its expansion into the US with Canvas Host Acquisition
Jamie Opalchuk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HostPapa
September 2020 – After acquiring web hosting companies such as Lunarpages, PacificHost, Mezzohost and SecureLive, HostPapa from Canada has taken over another web hosting company. Based in Portland, Oregon, Canvas Host offers comprehensive domain registration, email, web hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers for personal, business, and charitable purposes. continue reading.
“We are delighted to welcome Canvas Host customers to our HostPapa family. We would also like to thank David & Angela Anderson for building such a great company with passionate and loyal customers, ”said Jamie Opalchuk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HostPapa.
Web Hosting Canada is buying Domain Name Registrar Sibername
Emil Falcon, Founder and CEO of Web Hosting Canada
September 2020 – Sibername, an Ottawa-based domain name registrar and cloud service provider, has been acquired by Web Hosting Canada (WHC). The financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed. Sibername was founded in 2001 and is an ICANN accredited registrar. As a provider of domain name services, Sibername is particularly active in Canada, where it offers .CA Domain Name Backordering Services known as To Be Released (TBR) domains. continue reading.
“With this acquisition, WHC will not only significantly increase its customers, employees and managed domains, but also create value for its existing customers and services thanks to Sibername's domain-centric technology stack and its expertise in reordering .CA domains. As COVID peaked and Canadians sought more of their goods and services from local businesses, it became clear that local online shopping will continue to be a growing trend. It is only natural for Canadian companies to turn to competitive Canadian service providers for fast local infrastructure. WHC is proud to expand its domain and cloud service platform for Canadians in Canada, ”said Emil Falcon, Founder and CEO of Web Hosting Canada.
TWS is acquiring another Dutch web hosting company, Vevida
Matthieu van Amerongen, CEO of TWS
September 2020 – After acquiring a large number of web hosting companies this year, mainly from the Netherlands, Total Webhosting Solutions (TWS) has acquired another web hosting company from the Netherlands. This time they bought Vevida – located in Groningen and founded in 1997. It is one of the larger Dutch web hosting providers. It will partner with SoHosted, another TWS brand, which is also located in the north of the Netherlands. continue reading.
“With the TWS ecosystem, companies and their founders can maintain a level of customer proximity and personal service. At the same time, internal knowledge is shared with all members of the TWS group for the sole purpose that we all learn and improve. For example, our size allows for significant investments in infrastructure improvements that smaller businesses cannot make. For us, these are the foundations on which we will develop a better solution for our customers that requires less attention and ensures that our relationships will last for many years to come. I am convinced that both Vevida and Sohosted will benefit from this intensive partnership, ”said Matthieu van Amerongen, CEO of TWS.
Cloud Equity Group Completes Acquisition of Conseev's Hosting Brands
Sean Frank, Managing Partner at the Cloud Equity Group
August 2020 – New York-based investment management firm Cloud Equity Group has completed the acquisition of all of Conseev's web hosting companies. Conseev is a software development company that has acquired and consolidated web hosting companies since 2011. The Conseev hosting companies will continue to be run by their current management team. continue reading.
“We firmly believe in the long-term tailwind in the hosting sector. We are excited to work with Juan and his team to continue building an international conglomerate with real economies of scale and a differentiated value proposition for our clients, ”said Sean Frank, Managing Partner at Cloud Equity Group.
team.blue Aquires Turkish hosting provider, Natro
Jonas Dhaenens, CEO of team.blue
June 2020 – Natro, a leading Turkish web hosting provider, joins team.blue – a merger that emerged from the companies Combell and TransIP with over 600 employees. With the acquisition, team.blue expands its presence to the fast growing Turkish region. Natro was founded in 1999 and has a comprehensive range of products that includes domain names, web hosting solutions, email, virtual servers and various security solutions. With over 120,000 registered customers and over 500,000 registered domain names, the company is a leader in several market segments. continue reading.
“It is refreshing to see how Natros vision connects perfectly with what we achieve in the entire team.blue. Providing easy-to-use and reliable digital tools for business in Turkey is at the heart of Natro's mission. I am very happy to welcome the more than 70 new colleagues who keep this promise for Natro customers every day, ”said Jonas Dhaenens, CEO of team.blue.
Liquid Web buys Microsoft Windows CMS hosting provider ServerSide
Joe Oesterling, Liquid Web CTO
June 2020 – The provider of managed hosting and managed application services, Liquid Web, has acquired ServerSide. The acquisition expands Liquid Web's portfolio to include Microsoft Windows content management solutions. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The ServerSide team, including Steve Oren, Founder and CEO, has joined Liquid Web and driven customer migration to the Liquid Web platform. continue reading.
“The acquisition of ServerSide supports Liquid Web's mission to power leading content management platforms. We are excited to build ServerSide on the relationships ServerSide has with Sitefinity, Kentico and Sitecore and their ecosystem partners, "said Joe Oesterling, CTO of Liquid Web.
GoDaddy paid $ 218 million for Neustar's registration business
Andrew Low Ah Kee, GoDaddy's COO (Chief Operating Officer)
May 2020 – Last month, web hosting company GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) announced the acquisition of Neustar's registry business. Financial details of the deal weren't disclosed, but it's now clear that GoDaddy is paying $ 218 million for the deal. GoDaddy expects the transaction to close in the coming months. continue reading.
“GoDaddy is committed to helping everyday entrepreneurs get their ideas online with the best possible choice of domain names. Neustar's registration platform enables us to accelerate this engagement and offers improved scalability for future growth. For more than two decades, GoDaddy has been using customer insights to drive innovation in the domain industry, and we will continue to do so by creating more choice and value for consumers, "said Andrew Low Ah Kee, Chief Operating Officer (COO ). Go Daddy.
The European web hosting provider one.com is acquiring SYSE
Stephan Wolfram, Group CEO of one.com
February 2020 – one.com, a large European provider of web hosting services and domain names for a combination of private customers, SMEs and SOHOs, has acquired the Norwegian web hosting provider SYSE for an undisclosed consideration. The acquisition of SYSE is the second acquisition that one.com made after the acquisition of Digital Garden in Norway in September 2019. continue reading.
“SYSE is another very exciting step in the growth story of one.com. We look forward to welcoming the organization and the team to the group. The partnership between one.com, Digital Garden and SYSE creates an excellent platform in the Norwegian market that will continue to grow. We were very impressed with SYSE's ability to listen to customers and their commitment to bring technical and innovative products to the web hosting market with great support. They will complement our existing global development and support team extremely well, ”said Stephan Wolfram, CEO of the one.com group.
Equinix Enters Cloud Hosting Market Buying Bare Metal Business Package
Sara Baack, Equinix Chief Product Officer
January 2020 – The global colocation data center provider Equinix has now entered the cloud hosting market with its services by taking over the leading bare metal service provider Packet. The acquisition expands Equinix's colocation services with Equinix’s strategy to help businesses more seamlessly deploy hybrid multi-cloud architectures on Platform Equinix. The financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed. continue reading.
“By acquiring Packet, we are making it easier for companies to seamlessly deploy multi-cloud solutions at Equinix and leverage our vast ecosystems and global interconnection platform. Packet's innovative and agile bare metal service and neutral approach to software stacks fit our own cloud-neutral model and fit our strategy of helping companies flexibly deploy digital infrastructure on a global scale within minutes. Our combined strengths will further empower companies to be everywhere, to connect everyone and integrate everything that is important to their business, ”said Sara Baack, Chief Product Officer of Equinix.
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