Last October, Dyn, a commercial DNS provider made headlines when it was attacked with a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The same company is in the news again but this time for a completely different reason.
As surprising as it sounds, it is indeed true that Dyn has been acquired by Oracle. The amount that Oracle is going to pay hasn’t been revealed yet but the announcement came on 21st November in Oracle’s press release.
Basically, Dyn is an Internet Performance Management (IPM) platform. It offers big enterprises a globally accessible data center presence and also offers their users a dynamic routing point for accessing the data. In other words, Dyn offers load balancing facility to large customers allowing a deeper level of infrastructure. It could be termed as an alternative to a CDN or its complement.
Additionally, through DynDNS, Dyn offers web hosting service for routing remote devices so that browser accessibility could be enabled. For instance, through Dyn’s service, it is possible to access a video feed directly from your security camera. Thus, Dyn makes it possible to access home network components from a web link, which is associated with Dyn’s own domain name.
However, Oracle didn’t acquire Dyn due to its DynDNS service but because Dyn is perceived by Oracle as a competitive substitute to CDN. Through Dyn, Oracle aims to add value to its cloud services platform so that it could become a notch better than other CSPs. Cloud computing from Oracle is a platform that sells and provides various Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products. It is a strong competitor of AWS from Amazon and other such companies.
According to a blog post from Chief Strategy Officer at Dyn, Kyle York, Oracle “already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for Internet applications and cloud service. Managed DNS and its corresponding value added services are critical core components of being a full-stack cloud platform provider. Adding Dyn’s best-in-class DNS solution to Oracle cloud will provide enterprise customers a one-stop shop for infrastructure services.”
Although we don’t have any specific figure from any of the companies but Dan Primack noted that the deal was settled around $600 million approx.
If the recent DDoS attack is overlooked, it is clear that Oracle is on the winning side because Dyn is a high-profile company. It powers about 3,500 customer sites and also drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions on a daily basis from these customers. Some of its prominent customers include Twitter, Netflix, Pfizer and CNBC etc.
Oracle’s Product Development president Thomas Kurian stated that:
“Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform. [It] monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction.”
York believes that joining Oracle is a fresh new beginning for Dyn.
“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. We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to our customers as part of Oracle’s cloud computing platform,” said York.
It is also speculated that Oracle will eventually merge or halt some of the existing operations of Dyn. According to a blog post from Oracle, the company is at the moment reviewing the product map of Dyn and will surely be offering guidance as per Oracle’s “standard communication policies.”
It must be noted that with Dyn, Oracle completes its 114th acquisition however Dyn and Oracle both will be operating independently till the closure of the transaction.