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Rogers Communications Acquires Pivot Data Centers

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Rogers continues its data center portfolio build-out with the acquisition of Pivot data centers, PEER 1 launches its enterprise-class cloud solution, and TelecityGroup opens Hansa, its Helsinki, Finland data center.

Pivot Data Centers Acquired by Rogers

Private equity firm Svertica International announced the sale of its portfolio company Pivot Data Centers to Rogers Communications for $155 million. Pivot is a West Canada colocation and data center services provider, which began a new 80,000 square foot data center last spring in Calgary. Headquartered in Calgary, the company also maintains a data center in Edmonton. Last April Rogers Communications acquired Blackiron data center, which owned and operated eight data centers in five major cities in Canada.

“Sverica identified the growth opportunities available in colocation and the Western Canadian market specifically, and the vision we shared with management for Care Factor in 2009 is embodied in Pivot’s accomplishments since and its momentum today,” said Frank Young, Managing Director at Sverica. “Pivot has emerged as a leader in Alberta due to its steadfast focus on delivering flexible and reliable colocation services to its clients, and this commitment to client service and support from a strong partner like Rogers will position Pivot for continued growth. This transaction represents a great outcome for Sverica’s investors and Pivot’s management and employees.”

PEER 1 launches Enterprise-class cloud

PEER 1 Hosting announced that it is launching its recently released enterprise-class VMware public cloud solution, Mission Critical Cloud, in New York City, Seattle, Chicago and Salt Lake City. These new locations add to existing Mission Critical Cloud availability in Canada, the UK and Germany. The company is also introducing Magento-Optimized Build Blueprints for Mission Critical Cloud eCommerce customers. The new optimized build blueprints allow Mission Critical Cloud customers to deploy the same optimized solution that PEER 1 Hosting offers on managed hosting, but in a completely automated fashion in the public cloud.

“We saw an existing gap in the market for a true enterprise-class solution, and believe the expansion of this offering to four additional datacenters is indicative of the strong interest in Mission Critical Cloud,” said Robert Miggins, SVP business development at PEER 1 Hosting. “This product isn’t just useful for our existing private cloud VMware customers that want to move to a public cloud, but also new SMB and enterprise customers that have been waiting for an enterprise-level public cloud environment. In fact, a majority of Mission Critical Cloud users are new to PEER 1 Hosting. By bringing Mission Critical Cloud to four additional datacenter locations, we hope to further the promise of choice for our customers, which, in the end, means a better result for them.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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