The first major acquisition and consolidation in the Irish hosting market in over 10 years occurred today as rapidly growing internet service provider Digiweb acquired veteran Dublin web-hosting firm Novara for an undisclosed sum.
Novara chief executive, Eoin Costello, said the Irish hosting industry has been fragmented for some time and the acquisition by Digiweb represents the first major movement in the area for quite awhile.
Digiweb, which has been rolling out a major next-generation broadband network across Ireland, re-entered the Irish hosting market in 2006.
However, the acquisition of Novara, which also operates under the trade names host.ie and register.ie, will give the firm access to over eight years of industry experience, as well as expertise in domain hosting and managing data centres. It also will help expand Digiweb’s web hosting customer base.
Digiweb already operates a custom-built data centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Costello said Digiweb was a natural home for Novara.
“Digiweb’s determination to become the no 1 provider in the Irish hosting market and their being a wholly owned Irish business with strong customer service and business growth as a focus, made them the obvious choice as the best long-term home for our customers.”
Digiweb hosting and managed infrastructure manager Dan King added that Novara’s experienced and knowledgeable team was a prime motive behind the deal.
“We look forward to supporting existing Novara customers with the same expert team and top service they already enjoy.”
By John Kennedy