UK Company Bytemark Hosting Acquires Managed and Cloud Host Swordfish


UK web and cloud hosting company Bytemark Hosting acquired Swordfish Hosting last week. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but include Swordfish’s data center assets and its customer base.

According to a report by York Press, Swordfish Hosting was founded in 2007 and offers managed dedicated and cloud hosting from its data center in Derby, England.

Bytemark has 23 employees, and data centers in York and Manchester. It was founded in 2002 by Peter Taphouse and Matthew Bloch, and has a turnover of around £3 million (nearly $4.5 million).

Swordfish customers can expect “very little” to change by moving to Bytegird, the company said in a FAQ for Swordfish customers. “[T]he service you’ve paid for will remain the same, at the same price.”

“Bytemark has taken over Swordfish so that your hosting continues uninterrupted. We have the same commitment to customer service that Swordfish did and we’re confident that we can provide everything you currently enjoy, and more.”

While Bytegrid expects there to be little interruption to Swordfish customers, it will have to move billing information to its system, change some customers IP addresses, and physically move servers from Derby to York on Feb. 12, 2015.

“This will mean your servers are unavailable for three hours,” Bytegrid said. “We’ve done this before so we expect it to go smoothly,” referring to its server migration in July 2014, when the company moved two-thirds of its servers from Manchester to its new data center in York.

“We’ve spent over seven years building a successful hosting company that cares about the service to our customers,” Stuart Harper, co-founder of Swordfish Hosting said. “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.”

As the UK looks to impose more legislation that will impact Internet service providers and hosts, there may be more incentive for smaller hosts to look for acquisition opportunities.

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  2. phillip jewell

    You reference Bytegrid mistakenly here later in the article