Dassault Systèmes Buys Exalead for €135M
The vendor will pay around
Some 100 million people currently work with Exalead's technology, which is used by businesses, consumer-facing services like Friendster and the ViaMichelin travel portal, and Exalead's own public Web search.
Exalead's CloudView platform collects data from a wide variety of sources and transforms it into a structured, unified index for searching, according to its Web site. Along with Cloudview, which can be embedded in other applications, Exalead also offers a desktop search product and hosted services.
Combined with Dassault's products, Exalead's platform will create "a new class of search-based applications for collaborative communities," Dassault President and CEO Bernard Charl
The acquisition comes less than a month after the companies announced a partnership that called for Exalead's software to be embedded in Dassault's products.
The deal sweeps yet another prominent name off the list of stand-alone enterprise search vendors, which has diminished in recent years through a run of consolidation marked by moves like Microsoft's acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer.
Smaller vendors remaining in the market face a threat from "superplatform" vendors like IBM, Oracle and Microsoft, which can essentially give away search technology to their customers, a Feb. 2009 IDC report on Exalead noted. "When prices are in freefall, vendors like Exalead will have to offer a compelling advantage."