Sunday 29 April 2007

BlackSpider Acquired... Again

Less than nine months after SurfControl bought BlackSpider, it seems that Websense is buying SurfControl. Wow.

BlackSpider is an email- and Web-filtering service. Variously described as "managed", "hosted", "on demand", or "in the cloud", the BlackSpider service competes with the bigger fish such as MessageLabs, Postini, and Microsoft -- the service it acquired with FrontBridge.

In related news, BlackSpider revenues are now about £5,500,000 (US$11M at today's excruciating exchange rate). 40% growth ain't bad.

My chums at BlackSpider must be rubbing their hands with glee. James, Jeff, John, Jonathan, Kevin, et al -- the beers are on you.

PS: calling SurfControl and Websense's PR/AR teams: how come I had to read about this in the Sunday Times first? (Bizarrely, in an article about Peter Gabriel's We7.)

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