StackPath and Server Density announce merger

Lance, Server Density is the sixth company that Stackpath has acquired or partnered with in less than two years. What’s the common theme across all six deals?

We want to own the edge and are building an inherently secure platform of services at the edge. In every situation, we thought about if it made more sense to buy a product we needed, or to build it ourselves. And for all six of these companies, they had the right product and a solid customer base and we could jump right in without taking the time to develop something from scratch.

It’s worth noting that this is a merger rather than an acquisition. Stackpath has 1000x more customers and raised 120x the capital till now. Why opt for such a lopsided deal? Why not simply absorb Server Density?

Typically, in an acquisition you buy the assets and the IP, and the executive team leaves and goes elsewhere. But in the case of Server Density, it is a merger because not just the executives, but the entire team is coming to StackPath. David Mytton, Server Density co-founder and CEO, is becoming a part of my executive team as VP of product engineering and will be responsible for monitoring and several other things.

We want to be the ‘Amazon of the edge’ and own the edge

Dr Lance Crosby, CEO, StackPath

Server Density started a movement called HumanOps which seems to been at the core of the acquisition. But rather than being a piece of tech, it is actually a community, can you tell us more about it?

HumanOps is a brilliant and long overdue resource for cloud workers and companies. This industry is evolving faster than any before it, requiring operations of unprecedented scale and solutions at unbelievable speed. I know first-hand how it really takes its toll on people because we have a 100% uptime SLA. We’re looking forward to doing even more with HumanOps as part of StackPath –- look for more details on that to come in the near future.

So you’ve got VPN, CDN, server management, DDoS mitigation, web monitoring services and even, for the nostalgics out there, the company that fathered the venerable Usenet via Omicron Media. So does that mean that Stackpath is both a B2B and a B2C company? Are there any missing pieces of the puzzle?

Anyone -– from an individual developer working out of his basement to some of the biggest Fortune 100 companies in the world –- use StackPath. So, yes. StackPath is a B2B, B2C and B2E company and is continuing to grow and add those “missing pieces of the puzzle”.

What’s next for Stackpath? (Talk about the new company). You mentioned in a recent interview that Stackpath will offer 12 services by end 2018? Any chances you could shed more light on that?

July 1 will be a big day for us as we will roll out a new website, as well as  new logo, colors, and messaging. Everything on the platform, including Server Density and all other services we’ve purchased, will die that day and we will introduce another half dozen services we’ve developed internally. By the end of 2018, we will have not 12 services but up to 18, so 18 in 2018. We want to be the ‘Amazon of the edge’ and own the edge. We already have the lead, but these new services will help us solidify that. By 2025, we want to say all internets transverse StackPath at some point.

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The merger of infrastructure monitoring firm Server Density and secure edge services platform provider StackPath was announced today.

Secure Density provides its users with the ability to monitor their websites and servers in either the cloud or on-premise. They can use a single console and API to maximise server performance, maintain uptime and diagnose problems.

StackPath will be integrating Server Density’s service into its own edge service platform in the near future.

Founder, Chairman and CEO of StackPath, Lance Crosby praised the merger in a statement, saying:

“We’re thrilled to have Server Density become part of our company. It’s a perfect fit. StackPath has the highest commitment to providing our customers frictionless services, complete visibility into their solutions, and building strong relationships with the open source community and the industry at large. Server Density has followed the same commitments as it built exceptional technologies that are second to none and grew operations at cloud scale.”

Servery Density’s monitoring agent is currently installed on millions of servers with each collecting 12-billion metrics per day. There are over 100 official integrations with other solutions and platforms that when combined process more than 300TB of data each month. Server Density’s customers include the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as well as eCommerce company Firebox and online gaming platform Stormancer.

The financial details of the merger have not been publicly disclosed and the Server Density’s London team will serve as the core StackPath monitoring service team and London will be StackPath’s new European headquarters.

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