Akamai Boosts DNS With Xerocole Acquisition

March 2nd, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Akamai has made an inorganic move this icy Monday morning aimed at boosting its capabilities in DNS.  They have acquired Xerocole, whose specialty is recursive DNS.

DNS is of course a key component of all CDNs, and its mastery is of great importance to Akamai.  With the purchase of Xerocole, they bring some talent in-house that can help them keep pace with the ever-increasing amount of bits that need to be accelerated on the internet today.

It’s one of Akamai’s two classic inorganic moves, cherry-picking some adjacent or overlapping technology and talent when it is still young and easy to integrate.  The other, of course, is buying litigation-weakened competition — but they haven’t had to do that in a while now.

Terms were not disclosed, other than that the transaction was not material.  Xerocole’s 10 employees will move over to Akamai.

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