Clouds form as Oracle snaps up DNS provider Dyn

21 Nov 2016

Cloud company Dyn snapped up by Oracle. Image: hideto999

Oracle’s latest acquisition sees cloud-based internet performance and DNS provider Dyn enter the tech giant’s fold.

Claiming Dyn’s global network powers some 40bn traffic optimisations a day, Oracle’s decision to snap up the US-based company follows hot on the heels of similar moves this year.

Already in 2016, it has purchased Palerra, a company with cloud security at its core, as well as agreeing to buy the world’s very first cloud software company, NetSuite, for $9.3bn in cash – one of the largest acquisitions in the company’s history.


Now the company expects that by adding Dyn’s “best-in-class DNS solution”, it will extend the Oracle cloud computing platform, providing enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

“Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running internet applications and cloud services,” said Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product development.

“Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.”

Dyn made the news this year when the Mirai botnet attacked the New Hampshire-based company, which provides DNS services to some of the world’s most trafficked websites.

It was one of the biggest cyberattacks of 2016, with the year coming to a close on a far more positive note for the company.

“Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to internet performance information that will help them optimise infrastructure costs, maximise application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk,” said Kyle York, chief strategy officer of Dyn.

“We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to our customers as part of Oracle’s cloud computing platform.”

Elsewhere Oracle recently announced its own plans for a chatbot-building platform. At Oracle OpenWorld last month, CTO Larry Ellison showed how his company’s tools could help the likes of Facebook Messenger with its conversational commerce model in future.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic