Akamai has made its second acquisition in seven days, announcing the purchase of Soha Systems in an all cash transaction.
Soha Systems specializes in enterprise secure access. Enterprises have resources behind firewalls and in the cloud and around the world, and the problem of security is not just making sure the wrong people dont have access to the data but also making sure the right people do. Soha handles that latter part.
Akamai therefore brings yet more talent in-house as it continues to transforms itself from just a CDN into a more general provider of cloud services to the enterprise market. By doing so via acquisition they hope to bring successful teams with best-of-breed technology in-house and tie it more tightly into their ecosystem than they could have by just partnering.
It seems likely we will see further consolidation of this sort from Akamai as well as other like-minded big players who don't want to roll their own on things like this. Last week, Akamai moved deeper into Big Data with the purchase of Concord Systems and its software platform for data aggregation, filtering, and analysis.
The purchase price was not disclosed beyond the fact that it was not material.