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Cisco Plans to Buy OpenDNS for $635 Million

July 8, 2015 – Cisco, one of OpenDNS’ investors last year, has just announced it plans to purchase the company for
$635 million in cash.

Cisco is a traditional hardware network vendor, but this acquisition will put them in the Software-as-a-Service space
for network security. The team at OpenDNS will be joining the Cisco Business Security Group and the deal is expected
to be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

OpenDNS, which started out as a free service for parents to protect children online, quickly grew to tens of millions
of users in the start of 2006. In 2009, they launced their enterprise product which was simply designed to block bad
traffic and allow good traffic through, acting as a protection layer between the user and the Internet. Today, the company
has over 50 million users through the free service and over 10,000 paying customers. They have 24 datacenters, and claim
to be running about 2 percent of the world’s DNS traffic with 100% uptime.

Cisco will continue to run the free version of the OpenDNS service. Cisco is committed to both the Consumer and Enterprise
DNS services.


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