The Domain & Hosting market is extremely competitive and constantly evolving. In an effort to keep you updated with the key-happenings in the industry, here’s a look back at some of the major events that took place in the industry in August 2017.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
- Hostopia acquires Australian Hosting provider, Digital Pacific: The two companies entered into an agreement valued at $52 million. These companies coming under one roof will create one of the largest private hosting firms in Australia.
- SolarWinds MSP & SpamExperts Join Hands: SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in providing extensive IT service management solutions, acquired a global SaaS company – SpamExperts. This acquisition will boost SolarWinds MSP mail offerings and product portfolio.
- DigiCert Takes Over Symantec Website Security & PKI Solutions: Symantec – the global leader in cyber security, reached a deal to sell its Website Security and Public Key Infrastructure solutions to security service provider, DigiCert. The agreement was closed at $950 million in cash and a 30 percent stock stake in DigiCert.
- CentralNic acquires .SK operator: Domain name registry CentralNic has acquired SK-NIC for €26 million. This merger will provide support to the Slovakian internet community by offering more competitive services. This deal will further simplify the registration of .SK domains & will improve the system to satisfy their users.
- Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs: On August 9, 2017, ICANN published the report of Statistical Analysis of DNS abuse in gTLDs. This study was conducted to measure rates of abusive activities in the DNS such as spam, malware distribution, phishing, etc. The main aim of the study was to compare rates of these activities between new and legacy gTLDs.
- Label Generation Rules- 2: ICANN has released the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, which comprises of rules that provide definite criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name labels for DNS Root Zone and their variant label.
- The Daily Stormer Issue: GoDaddy booted the Neo-Nazi website – The Daily Stormer, after having published an article on deadly protests at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Stormer was given 24 hours to find an alternative domain provider after having violated GoDaddy’s terms and conditions. After being dropped by GoDaddy, The Daily Stormer moved its domain registry to Google. The internet giant revoked this transfer within a few hours, as they did not want to associate with a site that encourages violence.
That’s all from the month of August. We hope we helped you catch up with all the happenings in August. Stay tuned for more updates, next month!