Plesk acquires SolusVM VPS control panel business

Plesk International GmbH, the owner of a leading web hosting control panel Plesk, has announced its acquisition of the VPS control panel business SolusVM from OnApp for an undisclosed sum.

SolusVM (Solus Virtual Manager) launched around 2009 and has rapidly grown to become one of the leading VPS panels in the Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting industry. According to information on as of June 2018, the software has 64,000 deployments globally.


It was initially acquired by OnApp Ltd in September 2014. OnApp is a leading cloud hosting software popular with cloud hosting companies. OnApp had announced plans to integrate SolusVM into its cloud federation:

Following the acquisition, OnApp will extend SolusVM to be able to access infrastructure from the OnApp Federation, the world’s largest public cloud. The OnApp Federation is based around OnApp Market – a wholesale service provider-to-service provider marketplace for compute, RAM, storage, and CDN capacity, that currently covers more than 170 global locations. The addition of 2,000 SolusVM service providers to the OnApp Federation will create significant demand in the OnApp Market, which translates to new revenue streams for infrastructure suppliers.

None of the plans materialized publicly in the nearly 4 years that OnApp owned SolusVM. More so, the VPS Hosting industry has been sceptical about the future of the software considering the Version 2 of the control panel has been elusive despite promises from both SolusVM and OnApp for many years now.

Plesk is also announcing a lofty plan for SolusVM:

Plesk is acquiring all SolusVM assets and will carry on its growth strategy. Thus, elevating it from a single server control panel to a future-proof cloud platform. We’ll provide both cloud service providers and web professionals a single pane of glass application that will become the future of WebOps.

Plesk International GmbH is well known for its Plesk web hosting server control panel that powers Linux and Windows servers globally. Plesk is reported installed on over 380,000 servers, runs 11 million websites and some 19 million mailboxes.

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Oluniyi D. Ajao
Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.

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