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OnApp acquires SolusVM, kickstarts the next phase of growth for the OnApp Federation

Acquisition extends OnApp’s position as most widely deployed IaaS automation platform for service providers

London, 16th September 2014 – OnApp has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SolusVM, the virtual server management system used by thousands of service providers to offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud hosting. The acquisition extends OnApp’s position as the leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform provider for the hosting and service provider market, with more than 3,000 customers, and a product portfolio that spans the complete spectrum of Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

Following the acquisition, OnApp will extend SolusVM to be able to access infrastructure from the OnApp Federation, the world’s largest public cloud. The OnApp Federation is based around OnApp Market – a wholesale service provider-to-service provider marketplace for compute, RAM, storage, and CDN capacity, that currently covers more than 170 global locations. The addition of 2,000 SolusVM service providers to the OnApp Federation will create significant demand in the OnApp Market, which translates to new revenue streams for infrastructure suppliers.

Commenting on the news, Ben Welch-Bolen, CEO of Site5, a long-term OnApp and SolusVM customer, said:

“This is a great move for OnApp and the SolusVM community. There’s a big market for basic VPS services and SolusVM is already a well-regarded solution for hosts looking for a proven, no-frills platform. Now SolusVM has the backing of OnApp I’m looking forward to seeing it develop and grow while keeping that pure focus. Opening up SolusVM to the OnApp Federation is an interesting move, and I think providers like Digital Ocean and Linode will be keeping a watchful eye on how that develops. OnApp has disrupted established markets more than once in the past and could be about to have a big impact again.”

“This is very cool news for OnApp and SolusVM customers, and, we hope, for the whole hosting industry,” said OnApp CEO, Ditlev Bredahl. “This is a significant transaction that adds a few million to our revenue, a large number of customers to our community, and a new OnApp product that enables the kind of streamlined, bare-bones cloud that developers love. It’s a perfect complement to the fully integrated cloud, dedicated, CDN and storage services that the core OnApp platform brings to service providers.”

“Most importantly, though, this is the next phase in the growth of the OnApp Federation and the OnApp Market. You have to balance supply and demand when you’re building a new marketplace. Over the last couple of years we’ve built up an amazing supply of infrastructure in the OnApp Federation, with a huge range of price and performance options for CDN and now compute resources too. Bringing the Solus community into OnApp will create a huge boost on the demand side, and enable SolusVM providers to offer quick and easy cloud servers that can be deployed on demand, all over the world.”

The SolusVM team, led by Phill Bandelow, will become part of the OnApp technical team and will be expanded to increase the pace of innovation and development.

“We’re delighted to be joining OnApp, to be part of the force changing the hosting industry,” said Phill. “Adding SolusVM to the OnApp portfolio is a natural fit, and is great news for our customer base who can look forward to a faster pace of innovation while getting access to the service and support that OnApp is famous for. We’re getting the backing and stability of an industry leader, and a team that understands hosting inside-out, and cares about delivering what SolusVM users need.”

With the addition of SolusVM, the OnApp product range now enables service providers to offer the full spectrum of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones cloud servers running on SolusVM, to fully integrated cloud, bare metal, hybrid smart servers, storage and CDN running on the OnApp platform. It also means that service providers can use the OnApp portfolio to sell services based on Xen, KVM, VMware and OpenVZ, the most popular container-based and hardware virtualization platforms.

The terms of this cash deal were not disclosed.

About OnApp
OnApp software enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones virtual servers to fully-automated cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more, and scale on demand using infrastructure from OnApp’s global federated cloud.  OnApp launched in July 2010. Today more than 3,000 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp software. OnApp has 140 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific and is headquartered in London, UK. For more information visit https://onapp.com.