Data Center Software Maker Infoblox Files for IPO

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-06 Print this article Print

Infoblox is the third IT company to either file for or launch an IPO in the last few weeks, along with Zynga and Jive.

Infoblox, a maker of Domain Name System servers and data center optimization software, announced Jan. 6 that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

The company requested to sell the maximum amount ($125 million) of stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Infoblox is the third IT company to either file for or launch an IPO in the last few weeks. Online game developer and Facebook partner Zynga and social networking monitor Jive both launched IPOs in December. Facebook itself is expected to go public this spring; Twitter is rumored to follow.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Infoblox makes appliances and software that provide automated control for networks and data centers in order to improve IT performance. The company made news in May 2010 when it acquired Netcordia, a provider of network change and configuration management software.

Infoblox, founded in 1999, has been profitable in only one year since then-2010, when it reported $132.8 million in revenue. The company said in its SEC filing that it has more than 5,000 customers. These include the Federal Aviation Administration, Adobe Systems, Best Buy, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson and Caterpillar.

Morgan Stanley & Co. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. will act as lead joint book-running managers for the offering, and UBS Securities will act as a joint book-running manager, Infoblox said. Pacific Crest Securities, JMP Securities and Morgan Keegan & Co. will serve as co-managers for the offering.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus related to the offering, when available, may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. via telephone: (866) 718-1649, or email.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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