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Oracle acquires Dyn

Mon 21 Nov 2016

Oracle has announced that it will be acquiring Dyn, the subject of the Mirai botnet attack last month. The acquisition of Dyn is expected to significantly improve Oracle’s Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings.

Dyn is an internet performance optimization provider used by Twitter, Netflix, and T-Mobile and LinkedIn, among other high-profile clients, to perform real-time internet traffic modulation, improving website resilience and security. This helps reduce latency impacts to minimize the effects of changing traffic on end users.

Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development for Oracle, said, “Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.”

In a statement, Oracle noted that Dyn currently makes 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers. Acquiring Dyn will allow Oracle to offer internet performance operation capabilities to their own customers, helping them to manage costs, revenue and risks associated with website performance.

“Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to Internet performance information that will help them optimize infrastructure costs, maximize application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk,” said Kyle York, Chief Strategy Officer, Dyn.

The acquisition of Dyn will help Oracle to close Amazon’s lead in the IaaS market, making Oracle a major contender for businesses currently using Amazon Web Services for internet optimization and traffic control. In September, at his keynote speech at the OpenWorld conference Oracle CTO Larry Ellison said, “Amazon’s lead is over,” and noted, “Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward.”

The botnet attack last month affected traffic to websites routing traffic through Dyn servers, using the Mirai botnet to mobilize IoT devices, including webcams, without their owner’s knowledge. The botnet attack highlighted IoT security requirements and failings and resulted in a recall of devices from Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai.

Terms and conditions of the acquisition have not yet been released, and the company declined to comment on whether the deal was already in motion when the botnet attack occurred.

Oracle also said that it is committed to protecting customers who have already invested in Dyn solutions, and that it plans to continue to invest in increasing the functionality and capabilities of Dyn service offerings. In return, Dyn customers will benefit from better access to and alignment with Oracle’s network and services.


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