Some news for those server geeks who pay attention to what happens on the backend of their websites, because typical servers are normally slightly more than just Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
The interface that most people might be familiar with for maintaining their server is Cpanel, though many will also be familiar with Plesk.
Plesk & Virtuozzo are products from SWsoft
SWsoft also purchased Ensim just 3 days ago, another popular choice for server management.
It has just been made official that SWsoft have acquired Positive Software (Psoft), who publish the H-sphere software, which provides another alternative to Plesk and Cpanel/WHM with full integration of the sales and support service, and impressive virtual clusters.
Here are all the facts about H-sphere
Mac owners might also be familiar with another product from SWsoft, Parallels
Whilst this consolidation might not result in separate products, it will result in a lot of shared technology and expertise that could have a major impact on the current market positions.
I don’t have access to current industry figures, but I would speculate that these mergers and acquisitions represent quite a staggering shift in market share.
My news alert from Imountain hosting stated
With all these mergers, SWSoft has just become the largest Webhosting Automation company. The only competitors left in the Linux Hosting Control Panel Market are Cpanel, DirectAdmin. This will most likely create a massive positive impact on H-Sphere. With the backing of such a large and rich company as SWSoft, H-Sphere is poised to become the market leader in fully automated hosting solutions.