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Oracle buys DNS provider Dyn, seeks to compete against Amazon in the cloud

Oracle recently announced that it will acquire Dyn, the DNS provider that suffered a massive DDoS attack in October. Could the deal be the key to Oracle success in the cloud?

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Oracle has signed an agreement to buy cloud-based DNS provider Dyn, the company announced in a press release on Monday. The acquisition could help bolster Oracle's cloud offerings.

According to the release, the Dyn acquisition "extends the Oracle cloud computing platform and provides enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)."

Dyn provides performance boosts and additional optimization of internet applications and certain cloud services. Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, said in the release that the scalability and global nature of Dyn's DNS is the "critical core component and a natural extension" to Oracle's cloud offerings.

SEE: Dyn DDoS attack: 5 takeaways on what we know and why it matters

"Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to Internet performance information that will help them optimize infrastructure costs, maximize application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk," Kyle York, chief strategy officer of Dyn, said in the press release.

If successfully leveraged, the addition of Dyn could help position Oracle as a stronger cloud provider. As noted by ZDNet's Charlie Osborne, despite Oracle CTO Larry Ellison's declaration that "Amazon's lead is over," cloud has not been Oracle's strong point in the past.

Oracle has long been known for its legacy products in hardware, databases, and services. And, although the company has begun to include more references to the cloud in its marketing materials, some have claimed that the company is just cloud-washing its existing solutions, instead of pursuing new products.

However, a recent analyst conversation at CXOTalk seemed to point to the idea that Oracle is, in fact, all-in on the cloud. But, it remains to be seen if the company will be able to compete aggressively with AWS.

If the name Dyn sounds familiar, it's because the company made headlines in late October when it suffered a DDoS attack that left major web properties like Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, and Netflix without service. Despite that attack, the DNS service provided by Dyn is very valuable to Oracle's future in the cloud.

"Oracle's building out its IaaS and PaaS offerings as quickly as possible," said Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti. "AWS has a strong and popular DNS service in Route53. It's an essential element, and Oracle can buy its way in quickly with Dyn. The fact that Dyn was at the center of the DDoS attack is unfortunate, but it underscores how reliance on DNS services is critical to building resilient and scalable cloud apps."

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Oracle recently agreed to acquire Dyn, a DNS provider that offers other services for cloud-based applications.
  2. The acquisition of Dyn could improve Oracle's cloud offerings, where it has historically struggled, but it will need more than just that to compete with AWS.
  3. Dyn was the subject of a massive DDoS attack in October that killed service to many major web properties.

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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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