Web Hosting Industry Movers & Shakers

List of the many significant transactions in web hosting industry over the course of the past few years.



Web hosting / domain is a huge market and the industry as a whole is expected to reach $154 billion by 2022. Players large and small are constantly in a gridlock as they battle for the competitive edge. With technologies generally stable in a mature market, companies will on occasion resort to mergers or acquisitions to either get ahead or simply survive.

We at HostScore keep a finger on the pulse of the industry and maintain this resource listing the many significant transactions over the course of the past few years.

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Acquisitions & Mergers in Web Hosting Industry

DateMergers / AcquistionsTransaction (US$)Sources
Apr-20GoDaddy buys Neustar RegistryUndesiclosedhttps://www.hostscore.net/news/godaddy-buys-domain-name-registry-that-registers-zoom-amazon-snapchat-twitter-volvo/
Jan-20Cloudflare acquires stealthy startup S2 Systems, announces Cloudflare for TeamsUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2020/01/07/cloudflare-acquires-stealthy-startup-s2-system-announces-cloudflare-for-teams/
Jan-20Equinix to acquire Bare Metal Leader Packet$36,600,000https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/equinix-to-acquire-bare-metal-leader-packet-300986405.html
Jan-20InMotion acquires WordPress theme vendor Elegant MarketplaceUndisclosedhttps://www.hostjury.com/blog/view/844/inmotion-acquires-wordpress-theme-vendor-elegant-marketplace
Jan-20Hivelocity acquires Swiftway's dedicated server and colocation businessUndisclosedhttps://www.hostjury.com/blog/view/834/hivelocity-acquires-swiftway-s-dedicated-server-and-colocation-business
Jan-20Hosting company Alphamega has been taken over for an unknown amount by PCextreme, part of Total Webhosting Solutions.Undisclosedhttp://engnews24h.com/hosting-company-alphamega-to-pcextreme-sitebytes-to-realhosting/
Jan-20Google to acquire AppSheet to bring no-code development to Google CloudUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2020/01/14/google-acquires-appsheet-to-bring-no-code-development-to-google-cloud/
Jan-20Carbon60 has acquired Cirrus9 to expand Eastern CanadaUndisclosedhttps://cloud7.news/cloud/carbon60-has-acquired-cirrus9-to-expand-eastern-canada/
Jan-20GoDaddy acquires social content startup OverUndisclosedhttps://cloud7.news/hosting/godaddy-acquires-social-content-startup-over/
Nov-19Google acquires CloudSimpleUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2019/11/18/google-acquires-cloudsimple/
Dec-19TWS to acquire KPN web hosting company ArgewebUndisclosedhttps://data-economy.com/tws-now-acquires-kpn-web-hosting-company-argeweb/
Dec-19Technology intelligence solutions Snow Software has acquired hybrid cloud management company Embotics.Undisclosedhttps://data-economy.com/where-snow-software-meets-hybrid-cloud-management-solutions/
Dec-19Miss Group has announced that it has acquired Hostek and a Canadian shared web hosting company.Undisclosedhttps://cloud7.news/hosting/miss-group-makes-a-double-acquisition/
Dec-19Summit Hosting acquires cloud hosting provider iNSYNQUndisclosedhttps://www.summithosting.com/acquires-insynq/
Dec-19PCextreme takes over FlexwebhostingUndisclosedhttps://www.technite.nl/pcextreme-neemt-flexwebhosting-over/
Jan-20RealHosting to acquire web hosting provider SitebytesUndisclosedhttps://hostingjournalist.com/web-hosting/web-hosting-provider-sitebytes-acquired-by-realhosting/
May-19F5 Networks completes acquisition of NGINXUndisclosedhttps://www.f5.com/company/news/press-releases/f5-completes-acquisition-of-nginx
Nov-19Rackspace to acquire Onica, a cloud-native consulting and managed services companyUndisclosedhttps://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/11/04/1940334/0/en/Rackspace-to-Acquire-Onica-a-Cloud-Native-Consulting-and-Managed-Services-Company.html
Aug-19VMware acquires Pivotal and Carbon Black$4,800,000,000https://www.dailyhostnews.com/vmware-acquires-pivotal-and-carbon-black-for-4-8-billion
Sep-19Amazon buys cloud startup INLT to help merchants import goodsUndisclosedhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-m-a/amazon-buys-cloud-startup-inlt-to-help-merchants-import-goods-idUSKBN1W936W
Sep-19Google to acquire Nutanix to further its cloud ambitions$9,000,000,000https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2019/09/10/google-could-acquire-nutanix-for-9-billion-to-further-its-cloud-ambitions/
Jun-19Google to acquire analytics startup Looker$2,600,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/06/google-to-acquire-analytics-startup-looker-for-2-6-billion/
Jul-19Amazon acquires enterprise flash storage startup E8 Storage$50,000,000https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-acquires-enterprise-flash-storage-startup-e8-storage/
Jul-19Google will acquire cloud storage company ElastifileUndisclosedhttps://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/09/google-to-acquire-cloud-storage-company-elastifile.html
Aug-19DatacenterNext joins Total Specific Hosting to accelerate growthUndisclosedhttps://www.strikwerdainvestments.nl/en/datacenternext-joins-total-specific-hosting-to-accelerate-growth/
Sep-19Endurance International to acquire Ecomdash$9,600,000https://investingnews.com/daily/tech-investing/fintech-investing/endurance-international-to-acquire-ecomdash-for-us9-6-million/
Jun-19Amazon’s Twitch acquired social networking platform Bebo.$25,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/18/amazon-twitch-bebo-esports/
Jun-19WP Engine to Acquire FlywheelUndisclosedhttps://wpengine.com/blog/wp-engine-to-acquire-flywheel/
Jan-19Axarnet Group joins Total Webhosting SolutionsUndisclosedhttps://www.strikwerdainvestments.nl/en/press-release-axarnet-group-joins-total-webhosting-solutions/
Feb-19Google acquires cloud migration platform AloomaUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2019/02/19/google-acquires-cloud-migration-platform-alooma/
Mar-19Total Web Hosting Solution (TWS) to acquire hosting company, PCextreme, VIP Internet and SavviiUndisclosedhttps://www.webhosters.nl/blog/tws-neemt-hosting-bedrijven-pcextreme-vip-internet-en-savvii/
Apr-19Exabytes acquires hosting company, Master Web NetworkUndisclosedhttps://www.exabytes.my/blog/exabytes-acquires-indonesia-hosting-firm-master-web-network/
Apr-19AlphaRack acquires hosting company, Woot HostingUndisclosedhttps://www.hostsearch.com/news/iaas-provider-alpharacks-acquires-hosting-provider-woothosting.asp
Jan-19Amazon confirms CloudEndure acquisition$250,000,000https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-cloudendure-confirms-acquisition-by-amazon-1001268504
Jan-19Amazon to acquire tech company, CloudEndure$200,000,000https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cloudendure-m-a-amazon-com/israeli-tech-firm-cloudendure-says-it-was-bought-by-amazon-idUSKCN1P40UQ
Dec-18Google Cloud to acquire research company, DoraUndisclosedhttps://www.hostsearch.com/news/google-cloud-to-acquire-research-startup-dora.asp
Dec-18Cinven to acquire hosting company, One.comUndisclosedhttps://www.cinven.com/media/news/cinven-to-acquire-european-web-hosting-provider-onecom/
Dec-18ServerCentral acquires AWS Cloud Partner, Turing GroupUndisclosedhttps://www.servercentral.com/blog/servercentral-acquires-aws-partner-turing-group/
Dec-18Inflexion Private Equity to acquire 30% of hosting company, UKFast$147,000,000https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news/digital/2018/12/private-equity-firm-acquires-30-stake-ukfast
Dec-18Ubisoft to acquire i3D.netUndisclosedhttps://www.i3d.net/about/news-events/ubisoft-to-acquire-i3dnet/
Nov-18Hiveocity to acquire IaaS provider, Incero.comUndisclosedhttps://www.hivelocity.net/blog/hivelocity-acquires-dallas-iaas-provider-incerocom/
Oct-18IBM closes acquisition of source company, Red Hat$34,000,000,000https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/ibm-closes-landmark-acquisition-red-hat-34-billion-defines-open-hybrid-cloud-future
Sep-18GoDaddy to acquire software company, PlassoUndisclosedhttps://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/technology/sd-fi-plasso-godaddy-20180924-story.html
Jan-17Wix buys Flok to add loyalty and mobile CRM to its business toolsUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/01/19/wix-buys-flok-to-add-loyalty-and-mobile-crm-to-its-suite-of-business-tools/
Sep-18GoDaddy acquires blockchain startup, CognateUndisclosedhttps://hostingjournalist.com/cloud-hosting/cloud-services-provider-godaddy-buys-blockchain-trademark-startup-cognate/
Aug-18MacStadium acquires software company, Virtual Command.Undisclosedhttps://www.prweb.com/releases/macstadium_acquires_cloud_orchestration_software_company/prweb15719586.htm
Aug-18Oakley Capital to acquire cPanelUndisclosedhttps://news.cpanel.com/oakley-capital-to-invest-in-cpanel-acquisition-will-accelerate-the-next-phase-of-product-development-for-cpanel/
Jul-18Box acquires Butter.ai to fuel better search resultsUndisclosedhttps://venturebeat.com/2018/07/10/box-acquires-butter-ai-to-fuel-better-search-results/
Mar-17Google buys Kaggle and its gaggle of AI geeksUndisclosedhttps://www.cnet.com/news/google-buys-kaggle-and-its-gaggle-of-ai-geeks/
Mar-17Amazon’s AWS buys Thinkbox Software, maker of tools for creative professionalsUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/03/06/amazons-aws-buys-thinkbox-software-maker-of-tools-for-creative-professionals/
Apr-17GoDaddy completes acquisition of hosting company, Host Europe Group$1,800,000,000https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/godaddy-completes-acquisition-of-host-europe-group-300433276.html
May-17IBM Acquires Verizon's Cloud and Hosting BusinessUndisclosedhttps://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/ibm-acquires-verizons-cloud-and-hosting-business.html
May-17IBM Acquires TIMETOACT’s XCC to Launch IBM Connections Engagement CenterUndisclosedhttps://connections-apps.com/ibm-acquires-timetoacts-xcc-to-launch-ibm-connections-engagement-center/
May-17Rackspace acquires TriCore, adds enterprise applications to cloud management mixUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/05/25/rackspace-acquires-tricore-adds-enterprise-applications-to-cloud-management-mix/
Jun-18Box acquires workflow automation companyUndisclosedhttps://seekingalpha.com/news/3361109-box-acquires-workflow-automation-company
Jun-18WP Engine acquires StudioPress WordPress solutions Including Genesis FrameworkUndisclosedhttps://wpengine.com/blog/wp-engine-acquires-studiopress/
Jun-18Box acquires Progressly to drive business process transformationUndisclosedhttps://wire19.com/box-acquires-progressly-to-drive-business-process-transformation/
Jun-18Plesk acquired SolusVM: Plesk, a leading web hosting control panelUndisclosedhttps://sysally.com/blog/plesk-acquired-solusvm/
May-18Rackspace acquires RelationEdgeUndisclosedhttps://www.rackspace.com/newsroom/rackspace-acquires-relationedge-to-broaden-application-services-portfolio
May-18IBM acquires data tech firm ArmantaUndisclosedhttps://www.fintechfutures.com/2018/05/ibm-acquires-data-tech-firm-armanta/
May-18Google Buys Israeli Cloud Migration Startup Velostrata$150,000,000https://jewishbusinessnews.com/2018/05/09/google-buys-israeli-cloud-migration-velostrata/
Apr-18Square is acquiring website builder Weebly$365,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/26/square-acquires-weebly/
Jan-18AWS beefs up threat detection with Sqrrl acquisitionUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/01/24/aws-beefs-up-threat-detection-with-sqrrl-acquisition/
Jan-18GoDaddy to acquire social media marketing platform Main Street Hub$125,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/godaddy-is-acquiring-social-media-marketing-platform-main-street-hub-for-125m/
Nov-17Rackspace announces completion of Datapipe acquisitionUndisclosedhttps://www.rackspace.com/newsroom/rackspace-announces-completion-datapipe-acquisition
Nov-17Cloudflare Acquires Neumob to Supercharge the Network Experience End-to-EndUndisclosedhttps://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/11/14/1185907/0/en/Cloudflare-Acquires-Neumob-to-Supercharge-the-Network-Experience-End-to-End.html
Oct-17Google acquisition boosts AIMatter’s efforts to revolutionize image processingUndisclosedhttps://venturebeat.com/2017/10/03/google-acquisition-boosts-aimatters-efforts-to-revolutionize-image-processing/
Sep-17IBM acquires Israeli data center networking startup CloudigoUndisclosedhttps://www.datacenterknowledge.com/ibm/ibm-acquires-israeli-data-center-networking-startup-cloudigo
Aug-17Cloud Equitiy Group acquires hosting company, InnohostingUndisclosedhttps://www.cloudequitygroup.com/cloud-equity-group-acquires-innohosting.html
Jul-17Amazon acquires Santa Barbara start-up Graphiq to try to bolster AlexaUndisclosedhttps://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-graphiq-amazon-20170719-story.html
Mar-17GoDaddy Acquires Sucuri to Advance Digital Security for CustomersUndisclosedhttps://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/godaddy-acquires-sucuri-to-advance-digital-security-for-customers-300427537.html
Mar-17AWS acquires media rendering outfit Thinkbox SoftwareUndisclosedhttps://venturebeat.com/2017/03/06/aws-acquires-media-rendering-outfit-thinkbox-software/
Mar-17Amazon's AWS acquired meeting producitivty startup Do to expand ChimeUndisclosedhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/03/08/amazon-can-do-chime/
Feb-17IBM closes acquisition of Agile 3 SolutionsUndisclosedhttps://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-closes-acquisition-of-agile-3-solutions-300402098.html
Feb-17Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt$36,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/23/website-builder-wix-acquires-art-community-deviantart-for-36m/
Feb-17Web.com Completes Donweb.com AcquisitionUndisclosedhttps://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/02/01/912883/0/en/Web-com-Completes-Donweb-com-Acquisition.html
Jan-17Liquid Web acquires hosting company WiredTreeUndisclosedhttps://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/liquid-web-acquires-web-hosting-company-wiredtree-300392956.html
Jan-17AWS acquired cybersecurity Firm Harvest.ai$20,000,000https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2017/01/11/report-aws-quietly-acquired-cybersecurity-firm-harvest-ai
Jun-16GoDaddy acquired WordPress company, ManageWPUndisclosedhttps://managewp.com/blog/managewp-joins-godaddy

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