Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:37

Telstra takes stake in U.S. open-source vendor NGINX Featured

Telstra takes stake in U.S. open-source vendor NGINX Image courtesy of Stuart Miles,

Telstra’s expansive international investment and acquisition strategy continues apace, with the telco just announcing that it has taken a stake in NGINX, a San Francisco based open-source software company.

Telstra doesn’t reveal the extent of its stake in NGINX, but says the strategic investment was driven by the company’s strong market growth as well as its “growing technology leadership in the application delivery and deployment market”.

Through its investment arm – Telstra Ventures – the big telco has invested in 27 companies around the world, with a strong focus on the Asia Pacific region, and with most of its investments in the $5 million to $10 million range. Telstra's stake in NGINX is reportedly at the upper-end of that range with an investment of around $10 milion, but Telstra has not confirmed that.

Mark Sherman, Managing Director of Telstra Ventures said, “When you look under the hood of many of the most popular websites around the world today you find NGINX’s technology. This business continues to grow their share of the web server market and has compelling value-add propositions to sell.”

“NGINX provides a popular application delivery platform, which is renowned for its load balancing capabilities, high performance, security, and scale, and is in use on more than 140 million sites worldwide. They consistently deliver improved capabilities and performance for video heavy sites, and sites experiencing high traffic volumes.

“We are looking forward to working closely with NGINX to improving our customer experience and help our users embrace more software-defined application services.”  

Gus Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of NGINX, welcomed the investment from Telstra and other parties involved in the funding round.

“We see Telstra as an important partner in expanding our market reach to new geographies. Telstra has an extensive customer footprint, both in Australia and across Asia-Pacific. We are looking forward to working with them to bring our technology solutions to companies across the region,” said Robertson.

“NGINX offers our users a modern-day tool set to develop, deploy and maintain their applications and websites, which is mission-critical for all digital businesses today, especially anyone involved in e-commerce, or media and entertainment.”

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Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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