Tag: Dyn

Oracle makes a noise about Dyn

featuredimage_post32Oracle has written a cheque for the troubled DNS provider Dyn which was hit by a distributed denial of service attack in October that crippled some of the world’s biggest and most popular websites.

Oracle wants to add Dyn’s DNS solution to its bigger cloud computing platform, which already sells/provides a variety of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products and competes against companies like Amazon’s AWS.

The deal is expected to be worth about $600 million, but no one is going on record to say that. It is also unclear if the deal was being negotiated before the Mirai botnet took down a series of sites in October.

Dyn powers some 3,500 customers’ sites.  In its statement, Oracle said the outfit “drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers”. Customers include Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC among many others.

Oracle president Thomas Kurian said that Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services.

“Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.”

In a letter from Kurian to customers and partners, Oracle fails to even mention of Dyn’s DDoS attack. Instead he talks about how Dyn’s platform “monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction.”

The pair will continue to operate independently until the transaction closes.

Dyn is Oracle’s 114th acquisition. Other recent acquisitions to fill out its enterprise cloud services, include the security startup, Palerra which might be useful to solve Dyn’s woes.


Dixons, Carphone rejig the high street

highstreetAn anticipated deal between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse became reality today and is set to change the face of many high streets.

The deal, worth an estimated £3.5 billion, will mean the creation of a 50/50 owned entity which will be renamed Dixons Carphone.

Dixons has over 500 PC World and Currys stories in the British Isles, while Carphone Warehouse own over 2,000 stories across Europe.

Dixons said there would be some minor job cuts after the merger but Carphone Warehouse said there will be more jobs available.

Paul Heywood, director of Dyn in Europe thinks that customers are going to demand a good experience as a result of the merger. But he warned that the shops will have to work together fast to exploit the market, reduce costs and provide good customer support.