The big tech-business news in New Hampshire the past week was the decision by Oracle to buy Manchester’s Dyn for somewhere between $600 million and $2 billion, depending on which report you believe.
Oracle Co. has been in New Hampshire a long time – its plant in Nashua is located on Oracle Drive – and the initial word from Dyn is that nothing much will change in state in terms of employees (although companies always say that after purchases, no matter what is planned). Let’s hope this is true, as Dyn, which was started in a dorm room at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mass., has become a real driver for the tech scene in Manchester and southern New Hampshire.
Dyn, of course, got national attention last month when the Mirai botnet took it down, which led to jokes along the lines of “Hey, what if Oracle masterminded the Mirai attacks to depress Dyn’s value?” A nice analysis on Wired (here it is) points to the likely value to Oracle of a company best known for its DNS and other online optimization services:
Oracle is in the midst of a reinvention: it wants to become a cloud computing company that can compete with the likes of Amazon and Google. In that case, the acquisition of Dyn just might give Oracle a much-needed asset. The services Dyn provides has enabled it to gather a wealth of data about how the modern Internet works—including data on the sorts of attacks that crippled its own servers last month. That’s the sort of competitive insight Oracle will need to make it in the crowded cloud computing market.
Dyn uses all this data it gathers about outages and problems to help optimize large companies’ networks, ensuring data make it around the world as quickly as possible despite any obstacles it may encounter. … As Oracle tries to sell its existing corporate customers on the cloud, Dyn’s capabilities could give it an edge,