Oracle announced that it acquired the DNS provider called Dyn, a company reportedly responsible for bringing down the internet. By bringing down the internet, we mean, in one on the biggest denial-of-service attacks in recent times, major websites had suddenly stopped working and blacked out. Dyn is an internet infrastructure company and the attack on it, resulted in the mass outage. Now, right after this, you may not want to be a part of the sales team of such a company, but surprisingly global database giant Oracle has other plans by acquiring Dyn. Oracle once a tech major is trying to reinvent itself, especially by making its foray into cloud computing and compete with the likes of Google and Amazon. Dyn is essentially a company known for giving DNS services, like address books that lets you know how to get from a website to the internet servers. In a saturated world of cloud computing, Oracle will try to use the library of data which Dyn can provide in order to understand more about the functioning of the internet, also through the data on the DDOS attacks.
It is true that Google and especially Amazon, are way ahead in the game of cloud computing. They even have their own DNS servers, but the rest of the world are reliant on service providers like Dyn, Verisign and Cloudflare. But Dyn also gives Oracle an edge, which should be used very effectively. Dyn is known to have the maximum data on biggest internet failures and blockages, especially after acquiring Renesys a network intelligence organisation. Dyn, with its huge data collection, makes it possible to optimise large companies’ networks making sure that data reaches even if there are blockages and outages. Geographical intelligence and knowledge of internet performance are what Dyn brings to Oracle. It is just a matter of time that Verisign and Cloudflare will be up for grabs too.
According to Forbes, Oracle has reportedly paid around $600 million to $700 million to buy Dyn. However, both the companies had announced the deal without revealing any more details. It has been reported that many other companies were interested in the deal as well, but it finally went to Oracle. It is still unclear whether the deal was made before or after there was a major internet outage where big websites like Netflix, Twitter, Github etc stopped working for many hours.