Akamai acquires intelligent DNS specialist Xerocole

The company says the buyout will bolster Akamai's DNS product portfolio offerings.


Akamai has acquired DNS technology developer Xerocole in a move designed to provide better security, speed and reliability in DNS connections.

Announced on Monday, Cambridge, MA-based Akamai Technologies said the acquisition will expand its DNS product portfolio beyond the company's existing Authoritative DNS products to "better meet the needs of customers and network partners."

Xerocole, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is a small private company with 10 employees. Established in 2010, the firm is a provider of recursive DNS functionality. The company has developed DNS-related technology including the AnswerX DNS policy engine -- which operates at millions of transactions per second on standard Unix hardware while improving upon DNS security and speed. The platform processes over a trillion DNS requests and responses per week, and both policy and user preferences are dynamically set.

Xerocole partners include Yahoo, Symantec and namespace.

Rick McConnell, Akamai's President of Products and Development commented:

"We see this acquisition as an important investment in engineering talent and technology that is intended to complement our DNS product portfolio and strategy. We believe that Xerocole has some of the best DNS experts in the industry and that recursive DNS has strategic value to the Akamai Platform and to each of our business units. Xerocole's technology is expected to strengthen our value to our major carrier and network partners."

While financial details were not disclosed, Akamai said the acquisition was completed as a cash transaction and the buyout is not expected to hit Akamai's financial results.

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