SharePoint content management and migration expert Metalogix has bought up part of another one of its fellow SharePoint ecosystem brethren, and Axceler's SharePoint governance and permission management tools are the target this time.
SharePoint 2013 Brings the Data
Much like when Metalogix bought StoragePoint back in 2010, Axceler had been providing a critical bit of functionality missing from the Metalogix mix. With the acquisition of Axceler's SharePoint business, Metalogix can now fold Axceler's ControlPoint for SharePoint Administration into its own Content Matrix and StoragePoint management and migration tools.
Metalogix customers will now have access to top flight governance tools, and Axceler customers will now have access to Metalogix's migration tools. Each company's product mix complements the other's quite well, and since they share about 80% of each other's client base, it was an acquisition that will satisfy the needs of many, Stephen Murphy, Metalogix CEO said in an interview.
With the extreme popularity of SharePoint, and the ballooning amount of data companies are adding to it daily, governance becomes mission critical, Murphy said. The combined customer count of the two companies now stands at 13,000, and that represents a huge portion of the entire SharePoint installed base, he noted.
Metalogix is now the fastest growing SharePoint focused independent software vendor in the world, Murphy noted, and the company is now on track to become a US$ 100 million company by the end of 2014. Metalogix now stands at 225 employees, and has had more than 40% growth year over year, Murphy said.
Product Road Map Coming in Q4 2013
As SharePoint focused vendors often do, Metalogix has partnered with Axceler frequently in the past, and the companies make products in the same way, and have similar cultures Murphy said. "It just fits," he said. Metalogix is buying the following products from Axceler:
- ControlPoint for SharePoint Administration
- ControlPoint for SharePoint Migration
- ControlPoint FileLoader
- ControlPoint Change Manager
- ViewPoint for SharePoint
ControlPoint, Axceler's flagship governance product, will be rolled into the Metalogix Content Matrix, Murphy said, and companies such as Micron and Intel have already been allowed access to the combined product. With their and other customers' help , Metalogix will begin integrating the Axceler technology in a way that best solves those customers' problems, and a detailed product roadmap will be available in Q4 2013.
While Axceler's SharePoint business now belongs to Metalogix, all of its non SharePoint businesses will continue to operate as they currently exist. Axceler's SharePoint customers will have access to all of Metalogix's products, of course, and in fact can try them out right from inside the SharePoint ribbon.
Both companies are privately held, so there were no details released on how much the deal was worth.