Plesk acquires XOVI

Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada [July 12th, 2017]Plesk, the leading WebOps platform to build, secure and run websites, applications and cloud businesses, today announced that it has acquired Germany-based XOVI, a market leading SEO software.

Using XOVI, customers in over 196 countries are monitoring and optimizing their activities in search engines and social media. With over 250,000 projects, XOVI is a leading software used to analyze websites as well as competitors. XOVI employs a team of 25 people at their headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

Plesk is taking over 100% of the shares of XOVI for an undisclosed amount. The clear strategy of Plesk is to extend the business activities of XOVI into its international channel. The XOVI brand, the XOVI products and the headquarter in Cologne will be extended to support the expansion plans of Plesk.

“We are very happy to have XOVI and their compelling SEO & social analytics platform on board.”, says Nils Hueneke, Plesk CEO. “This will not only help the fast-growing community of more than 250,000 additional Web Professionals who are already using Plesk today, but also their end customers who will benefit from the additional and integrated XOVI extension to market their services online using a state-of-the-art marketing platform. XOVI will be deeply integrated with Plesk on a technical level and become an essential part of our growth strategy to sell pre-configured targeted solutions on top of any private or public cloud service provider. Both Plesk and XOVI are very excited to launch these new offerings shortly”.

Maik Benske, CEO XOVI GmbH comments: “Joining Plesk will allow us to combine our strengths and drive mutual growth internationally. End customers will benefit from all Plesk core features and the rich extension catalog whereas the Plesk Partner Channel can enrich their targeted solutions with our compelling SEO and social software enabling their customers to stay ahead of the competition and sell successfully in the cloud.”

Plesk is committed to driving growth and primarily focusing on pre-configured targeted solutions through Plesk Extensions. Plesk Extensions are complementary software services that are deeply integrated into the lightweight Plesk core and can be activated with just one click. Any Plesk edition can be tuned into a targeted solution by adding as many extensions from the Plesk Extension Catalog, i.e. mass-managing multiple WordPress instances on the Plesk server including but not limited to the set-up of a secure staging environment to test new or modify existing websites.

About Plesk

Plesk is a global software company with more than 200 employees and an annual revenue of USD 30M  in 2016. With over 377,000 server installations and 11 Million hosted websites, Plesk is the leading platform to build, secure and run websites and applications in the cloud. Founded in 1999 Plesk operates as an independent company since May 1st, 2017 and is part of Oakley Capital, a leading UK-based private equity fund with over USD 1.6B under management.

More information on Plesk can be found at www.plesk.com or on Facebook and Twitter

About XOVI

XOVI is a leading SEO and social software with over 250,000 projects in over 196 countries. With XOVI, businesses of all sizes stay ahead of the competition by using XOVI for making better decisions for SEO, SEM, social media and affiliate marketing.

More information on XOVI GmbH can be found at www.xovi.com or on Facebook and Twitter

Plesk media contact: Lukas Hertig, [email protected] , +41 79 601 19 89
XOVI media contact: Thomas Synoradzki, [email protected], +49 221 67 78 73 40

Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital

Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital

Plesk receives pivotal investment from Oakley Capital and embraces the future of cloud, WordPress management, and DevOps

Today, I am excited to share with you that Plesk has completed the separation from Parallels Holdings Limited, having been acquired by Oakley Capital.

Fully focused and committed to the cloud and hosting industry

As an independent company backed by Oakley Capital’s experience and investment, Plesk will now expand beyond traditional web hosting into the hyperscale cloud. Evolving to become an all-in-one platform, we will offer web professionals push-button access to advanced tools like Docker, support for microservices, and simplified cloud management, and accelerate innovation to remain ahead of the market and our users’ needs.

As CEO, I’m personally extremely excited that, with Oakley’s investment, we are now in a position to further empower our existing channel of more than 2,500 strategic partners and accelerate deployments and go-to-market innovations. We will deliver simplified hyperscale cloud platforms for all businesses related to, and dependent on, hosting services!

Jan Löffler, our Chief Technology Officer, also shared with me his vision to supply the world’s 20 million cloud developers with a WordPress management tool that will enable scalability, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and security that can be deployed from anywhere to everywhere.

For us, this investment marks a step to advance with new acquisitions and engineer the Plesk platform for the future.

Strategic partnerships with the best and brightest

At the core of our growth strategy is to work alongside the best and most innovative in the industry. We’ve forged strategic partnerships with industry giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud, and also innovation leaders like Docker, Symantec to provide Encryption Everywhere, and Kolab — the company behind Roundcube, the most popular open source webmail provider — to develop Plesk Premium Email that is focused on privacy.

Earlier this year, we signed a landmark partnership with Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com — the world’s most popular open-source, online publishing platform, currently powering more than 26% of the web — to co-develop the Plesk WordPress Toolkit. With more than 1 million WordPress installations already running on Plesk, our WordPress toolkit has been extremely well received by our users, and within the WordPress community.

In the words of Peter Dubens, Managing Partner at Oakley Capital: “We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well. We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development”.


About Plesk

Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

About Oakley Capital

Oakley Capital comprises Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. and its successor funds, Oakley Capital Private Equity II and Oakley Capital Private Equity III, which are unlisted mid-market private equity funds with the aim of providing investors with significant long term capital appreciation. The investment strategy of the funds is to focus on buy-out opportunities in industries with the potential for growth, consolidation and performance improvement.

Plesk media contact:

Lukas Hertig, CMO at Plesk
[email protected]
+4179 601 19 89

Oakley Capital media contact:

Oakley Capital
+44 20 7766 6900
Peter Dubens, Managing Partner

FTI Consulting LLP
+44 20 3727 1000

Edward Bridges / Stephanie Ellis

Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
+44 20 3100 2000

Steve Pearce / Henry Freeman / Jill Li