|By Business Wire||
|July 14, 2014 10:14 AM EDT||
Today, Mblox announces the completion of two acquisitions: next-generation, mobile messaging provider CardBoardFish and StarStar service provider Zoove. The agreements bring together the mobile messaging industry’s leaders in scale and scalability while extending the Mblox product line to add new voice and messaging features for its reseller partners and direct clients. Financial terms of the acquisitions will not be disclosed.
Mblox is the largest, independent application-to-person (A2P) SMS provider in the world with more than 100 direct commercial carrier and operator connections. The breadth of Mblox’s connections gives the company the highest quality and largest reach in what has become an increasingly fragmented industry. Over the past 15 years, CardBoardFish has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels. CardBoardFish is also registered as a mobile operator in several countries and owns number ranges in many more, which combined with its own Short Message Service Centers (SMSCs), expands mBlox’s commercial flexibility in how it delivers messages.
The addition of CardBoardFish’s next generation platform provides a clear migration path for legacy Mblox customers with a host of new features, even greater resilience and enhanced usability. Finally, the expanded capacity gives Mblox the scale and additional routes to deliver the most A2P messages per year than any other provider in the world.
Zoove is the exclusive provider of StarStar numbers in the U.S. The acquisition will expand Mblox’s services and enhance the way it assists brands in communicating with their customers on mobile phones. The move supports Mblox’s vision to have a greater share of communications that converge on the mobile device, including messaging, voice, email, push and web. StarStar numbers also work well with Mblox’s focus on mobile CRM, facilitating two-factor authentication, delivering customer support and offering an industry leading solution to accelerate ‘opt-in database’ enrollment.
Tom Cotney will remain the CEO of Mblox. CardBoardFish technical founder Allister Collins will remain with the company and serve as chief architect of the messaging platform, and CardBoardFish operations founder Ben Fitter will serve as a consultant to Mblox for the foreseeable future. Zoove CEO Joe Gillespe will join Mblox’s Advisory Board, and Zoove founder Tim Jemison will remain as a consultant to Mblox.
“These acquisitions extend our lead in A2P messaging by offering two things our customers have asked for – additional ways to have a relevant dialogue with consumers and an even greater international reach than we have today,” said Cotney. “The Zoove platform is immediately available to Mblox customers and the expanded features and reach via CardBoardFish will be available at the end of this month.”
For Mblox current customers and prospects, the CardBoardFish platform enables faster onboarding, enhanced message routing capability, and more sophisticated monitoring with a suite of online support tools. CardBoardFish customers will benefit from Mblox’s large network of direct connectivity and greater buying power.
“By joining Mblox, our customers and employees will have significant opportunities for growth,” said CardBoardFish founder Allister Collins. “We’re excited to bring Mblox customers onto our platform and help them achieve their messaging goals.”
Additionally, Mblox is expanding its capabilities to include multimedia messaging services (MMS) for its U.S. customers, giving reach to nearly 300 million tier one mobile subscribers. Mblox’s customers can send and receive SMS and MMS messages using the same common short code, allowing them greater flexibility in creating unique and personalized communications.
Mblox is also launching a new corporate identity that embraces the forward-looking, innovative nature of today’s messaging environment. “Messaging is no longer just about sending and receiving SMS, and the new Mblox identity highlights messaging solutions as the building blocks of mobile – a jumping-off point for creating an ongoing dialog with consumers,” said Cotney. “Mblox is now better prepared to support the mission-critical use of mobile handsets and tablets to serve consumers in a 24x7 world.”
Pillar Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to mBlox related to the CardBoardFish transaction. Catapult Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to mBlox on the Zoove transaction.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service. As the industry’s most experienced Tier One SMS aggregator, Mblox specializes in the unique demands of large-scale mobile messaging programs and are known for providing reliable, uncompromising connections. By creating positive brand experiences, Mblox helps clients transform numbers into profitable relationships with their customers.
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Dec. 5, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 2,183
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,697
Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
Dec. 5, 2016 01:15 PM EST Reads: 2,013
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
Dec. 5, 2016 01:15 PM EST Reads: 2,152
"Coalfire is a cyber-risk, security and compliance assessment and advisory services firm. We do a lot of work with the cloud service provider community," explained Ryan McGowan, Vice President, Sales (West) at Coalfire Systems, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 836
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 664
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:34 PM EST Reads: 166
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 2,286
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Dec. 5, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 941
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, sha...
Dec. 5, 2016 11:45 AM EST Reads: 925
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Dec. 5, 2016 11:38 AM EST Reads: 193
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Dec. 5, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 763
CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, has been recognized with the Customer Value Leadership Award for its nWorkSpace platform by Frost & Sullivan. The company was also featured in a new report(1) by the industry research firm titled, “Desktop-as-a-Service Buyer’s Guide, 2016,” which provides a comprehensive comparison of DaaS providers, including CloudJumper, Amazon, VMware, and Microsoft.
Dec. 5, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 786
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 940
"Qosmos has launched L7Viewer, a network traffic analysis tool, so it analyzes all the traffic between the virtual machine and the data center and the virtual machine and the external world," stated Sebastien Synold, Product Line Manager at Qosmos, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 5, 2016 11:00 AM EST Reads: 662