Packaged cloud provider Cloud Direct has announced its acquisition of Datel Business Systems, an IT hosting and infrastructure solutions provider. The purchase allows Cloud Direct to add Datel’s highly-resilient VMware based hosted, private cloud offering and the option of delivery via their high-speed private wide area network (PWAN).
The new high-speed private cloud solution allows Cloud Direct to add customers in the regulated industries - such as finance, recruitment, legal and healthcare - and any organisations – including government and public sector - that need a higher level of security and resilience with the private cloud.
Commenting on the acquisition Cloud Direct’s CEO Brett Raynes said Datel’s hosting facility and highly resilient private WAN means Cloud Direct will be able to offer additional compliant cloud hosting services to attract new prospects and to up-sell. ”customers who were reluctant before to move their business 100% to the cloud, can now choose a hosted private cloud - and expect the same levels of excellence. “ Adding, “Datel also brings their many years of experience and skills for VMware virtualisation for desktop and server technologies; networking; and cloud migration.”
David Hopper, Datel’s Managing Director, said: “We’ve partnered with Cloud Direct since 2005, selling their cloud services (mainly HP LiveVault backup and VoIP telephony) to small and medium businesses of between 100 and 150 users. The quality of people at Cloud Direct has always impressed us, and now we can offer our customers the full spectrum of cloud services – so it’s great news for us and for our customers.”
The acquisition forms part of Cloud Direct’s high-growth plan and is funded from a £2.74 million investment pot. According to Brett this will not be the last acquisition from Cloud Direct.