Internet Entrepreneur Simon Hackett Acquires 40 Percent Stake in Australian Cloud Firm UltraServe

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Simon Hackett, the founder of ISP Internode and director of its parent company National Broadband Network in Australia, has acquired a 40 percent stake in Sydney-based cloud services provider UltraServe.

UltraServe will use the capital infusion to expand its customer base outside of Australia, in Europe and Asia in particular. Australia’s cloud market is growing, but the markets in Europe and Asia are growing more rapidly. UltraServe offers cloud and managed hosting services, with a particular emphasis on providing services for ecommerce customers, including Magento and Hybris hosting. Partnerships are an essential part of ecommerce hosting, a topic that the WHIR explored in a recent feature.

As part of the deal, John Lindsay, former CTO at Australian ISP iiNet and Internode, will join UltraServe’s board of directors to help develop its services for the carrier and ISP markets.

UltraServe will also set up a standalone company, called Orchestrated, through which it plans to offer its Lighthouse customer management platform to teleco carriers and managed service providers, according to a report by the Australian. Orchestrated enables UltraServe to offer a managed services layer across Amazon, VMware and other clouds.

Having Hackett’s name and support behind its Lighthouse platform will help it land deals with larger companies, UltraServe founder Samuel Yeats told the Australian.

Last month, another Australian web host completed an acquisition when Melbourne IT closed its acquisition of Netregistry for around $47 million US.

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