Bytemark buys Derby web hosting company Swordfish

Web Hosting Forum – The York-based Bytemark Hosting has announced that it has acquired the Derby based hosting company Swordfish Hosting, its first acquisition. The deal which was completed last week includes Swordfish’s datacentre assets and its entire customer base. No financial details on the acquisition were disclosed.

Matthew Bloch, co-founder and managing director of Bytemark said “We’re delighted to welcome Swordfish’s customers to Bytemark. This acquisition is an important part of our plans for growth, building on the success of our own datacentre in York.”

Swordfish Hosting which was founded in 2007 offers managed dedicated and cloud hosting from its Tier 3 Derby datacentre location.

Stuart Harper, co-founder of Swordfish Hosting said “We’ve spent over seven years building a successful hosting company that cares about the service to our customers. To maintain that level of service and grow, we needed to find another technically-led company to move things forward. In Bytemark, we’ve found a company – and a team – who can do just that.”

Customers of Swordfish will benefit from Bytemark’s two datacentres in York and Manchester and 10Gbps national network.

Peter Taphouse, co-founder and technical director of Bytemark said “We have been looking for another technically-led hosting company to work with for some time and Swordfish provided us with the right opportunity. The fact that it already has a strong technical reputation meant that it was a natural fit for Bytemark’s existing customer base.”

Bytemark already manages two datacentre locations, including a £1.2 million facility in York and a backup site in Manchester. Customers include brands such as, Asda and the Royal Institution.

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