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SWSoft Acquires WebHost Automation.

I was quite surprised at first when I read the announcement today that SWSoft had acquired WebHost Automation, maker of the Helm Control Panel.

By integrating Helm into the SWsoft family of automation and virtualization solutions and partners through our Open Fusion initiative, Helm customers will be able to take advantage of a wider array of solutions and new business opportunities such as software as a service (SaaS),” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of SWsoft.

So, this acquisition follows 3 automation software acquisitions that SWsoft made just months earlier  – Sphera, Ensim Pro and Positive Software. Could there be an IPO in the works?

7 Responses

  1. Combined with their Parallels acquisition a few months ago, it seems like they are poised to do some (hopefully) interesting stuff in 2008.

  2. That’s for sure Barry! They’ll be interesting to watch in the near future.

  3. Wow..

    cPanel vs SW-Soft..

    Who will win the Windows 2k8 battle 😉

  4. I don’t think it’ll be much of a battle. cPanel is just as big of a player as Plesk, the difference is one is more of a Linux user base (cPanel) and one is more of a Windows users base (Plesk).

  5. More importantly, will it mean as time goes by, they will dictate the pricing of their products instead of “market forces”? What’s the motivation of keeping product like HELM is if Plesk can do what it does and more? Sometime company are bought out just to kill their prouducts, thus creating less “noise” in the market. Less competition is never healthy!

  6. I guess cpanel is next….

  7. cPanel next? Let’s hope not.

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