Liquid Web and Nexcess are naming it a partnership, not an acquisition. We also don’t hear the word ‘merger’. These two companies will keep their operations “largely” separate. Anyway, managed hosting companies Liquid Web and Nexcess will join their forces, they have announced. The combined operations will include 650 employees, 11 data centers, and a full-service application web hosting and managed cloud portfolio.
Chris Wells, CEO and founder of Nexcess will remain with the team but will now assume a senior technology leadership role. Carrie Wheeler, EVP & General Manager, Managed Application at Liquid Web, will lead the Managed Applications Business Unit which combines the Nexcess and Liquid Web focus on Magento, WooCommerce, WordPress solutions. Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger will stay on as CEO. Financial terms of this ‘partnership’ were not disclosed.
Current and future Liquid Web clients can expect to soon gain access to the technology and scalability of Nexcess Cloud. Likewise, present and future Nexcess clients will obtain access to Liquid Web packages and services.
“Nexcess has built a very successful business in Application hosting with a strong brand and a solid go-to-market strategy,” said Carrie Wheeler, EVP & General Manager, Managed Applications. “We sought Nexcess, recognizing that the combination of their leading Managed Magento platform with Liquid Web’s WooCommerce and WordPress focus allows us to combine products, services, capabilities and team to deliver the best hosting experience to SMBs and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them.”
“This combination of companies demonstrates our commitment to be a leader in the application hosting space and to deliver innovative solutions for the Web Professional customer that we are both focused on – designers, developers, site and store owners,” said Jim Geiger, CEO of Liquid Web.
“Nexcess is the premier ecommerce hosting provider for SMBs, and this union gives them access to more scale and capital to continue growth for the long term.
With the combination of our two companies and strong expertise in Magento, WordPress and WooCommerce, Liquid Web and Nexcess will now be able to further develop the product and open source platform capabilities that SMB customers and their developers have been asking for.”
Existing customers of Nexcess would not see changes in products or pricing and they would not be migrated. They can continue to contact the Nexcess team they know today for service and support.