Report: Akamai May Buy Nine Systems

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Content distribution network Akamai (AKAM) is considering an acquisition of competitor Nine Systems, according to a report from Om Malik at GigaOm. “The transaction price is being pegged at around $150 million, or roughly nine times revenue,” Om writes. “Our sources say that the deal could be announced sometime later this month, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.”

The CDN market has seen lots of consolidation lately. Akamai bought Speedera last year, and recent more recently Internap scarfed up VitalStream. Meanwhile, Savvis is reported to be shopping its CDN network for possible sale, with Akamai among the rumored (and logcial) suitors.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.