Akamai to acquire Prolexic

Akamai aims to extend its Web optimisation and security offerings

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Akamai to acquire Prolexic Akamai intends to provide customers with a comprehensive array of security solutions designed to defend an enterprise's Web and IP infrastructure.
By  Manda Banda Published  December 2, 2013

Akamai Technologies Inc and Prolexic Technologies Inc have announced that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Akamai to acquire Prolexic.

Akamai provides solutions for defending Web sites and Web applications by leveraging the scale and intelligence of its global platform to protect against even the largest and most sophisticated DDoS and application-layer attacks. 

Prolexic  a provider of cloud-based security solutions for protecting data centres and enterprise IP applications from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

By acquiring Prolexic, Akamai intends to provide customers with a comprehensive array of security solutions designed to defend an enterprise's Web and IP infrastructure against application-layer, network-layer and data centre attacks delivered via the Internet.

"Any company doing business on the Internet faces an evolving threat landscape of attacks aimed at disrupting operations, defacing the brand, or attempting to steal sensitive data and information," said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. "By joining forces with Prolexic, we intend to combine Akamai's leading security and performance platform with Prolexic's highly-regarded DDoS mitigation solutions for data center and enterprise applications protection.  We believe that Prolexic's solutions and team will help us achieve our goal of making the Internet fast, reliable, and secure."

"Today, business is defined by the availability, security and latency of Internet-facing applications, data and infrastructure," said Scott Hammack, CEO at Prolexic. "Being able to rely on one provider for Internet performance and security greatly simplifies resolution of network availability issues and offers clients clear lines of accountability.  We believe that, together, we will be able to deliver an unprecedented level of network visibility and protection."

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