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Liquid Web, a provider of managed hosting and managed application services to small to medium sized businesses, has joined forces with the managed web hosting provider for eCommerce platforms, Nexcess.
Liquid Web believes the new partnership will help with its goal of dominating the web hosting market for SMBs by providing a more comprehensive range of services for SMB customers. The partnership will open up the Nexcess cloud to Liquid Web customers and will allow them to benefit from Nexcess technology and scalability. Nexcess will be provided with greater scale and capital to ensure long term growth and its customers will have easy access to Liquid Web’s plans and hosting services.
The partnership will combine the expertise of both companies – Liquid Web on WordPress and WooCommerce and Nexcess on Magneto – and will the clolud experts and both firms keep developing new products and open source platform capabilities to better serve the SMB market. Together, the companies have 650 employees, operate 11 data centers, and offer a full-service application web hosting and managed cloud portfolio.
The names of both companies will be retained and will continue to operate, largely separately, although there will be very close collaboration between the two. Existing Nexcess customers will continue to work with the same teams that provide them with services and support, they will not be migrated onto the Liquid Web platform, and there will be no changes to their pricing or hosting plan.
Nexcess CEO Chris Wells will step down, but he will remain a key member of the team and will have a senior technology leadership role. The new Managed Applications Business Unit, which covers Magento, WooCommerce, and WordPress solutions for SMBs, will be headed by Carrie Wheeler, a veteran in the technology industry.