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SingleHop has made its first acquisition since its launch in 2006, buying Microsoft managed hosting solutions provider Server Intellect on Tuesday. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
According to an announcement on Tuesday, the acquisition will enable SingleHop to deploy private clouds powered by both leading hypervisor platforms used by enterprises: VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. As security and data protection concerns drive enterprises to private cloud, offering expertise in both Microsoft and VMware environments will help SingleHop win more enterprise customers.
SingleHop launched its Virtual Private Cloud infrastructure last year, using VMware technology and achieving VMware Hybrid Cloud Powered status.
“Server Intellect brings an incredible amount of expertise in a wide range of Microsoft-based hosting technologies,” SingleHop CEO Zak Boca said. “As a top-to-bottom Microsoft shop with an unparalleled level of experience with Microsoft Hyper-V, Server Intellect was the obvious choice for expanding SingleHop’s private cloud platform into the Windows ecosystem. There was an undeniable, innate synergy in our respective focus and mission that made the collaboration a natural fit.”
According to the recent Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker Report by IDC, Microsoft’s Hyper-V represented more than 30 percent of the hypervisor market at the end of 2014. SingleHop’s Microsoft Hyper-V support will begin immediately as the company has “completed all necessary integrations with Server Intellect.”
“At the end of the day, it’s our customers who will benefit from being able to choose from the two leading hypervisors when deploying their hosted private clouds on our platform,” SingleHop COO Andy Pace said. “For many enterprises, Microsoft Hyper-V is the best choice, and we are committed to extending SingleHop solutions to a broader set of customers.”
Server Intellect, based in Orlando, Fla., offered expertise in managed servers, private cloud servers based on Hyper-V as well as other managed services. Its customers will be migrated to SingleHop’s orchestration platform, which automates the deployment process.
“With SingleHop there was total alignment and a like-mindedness in our pursuit to build solutions that meet customer needs,” Server Intellect CTO Adam Cady said. “Together, we’re deepening our bench of highly-skilled hosting and cloud experts while continuing to focus on the highest level of customer care and satisfaction.”
The acquisition reflects a strategy that service providers use to quickly develop expertise in a particular market where they are seeing demand, in this case, Microsoft Hyper-V. Rather than building up internal expertise via training or appointments, service providers can acquire the expertise, quickly doubling down on a particular service segment.
SingleHop said its acquisition will build on its continued momentum, including its funding. The company most recently raised $14.8 million last year. SingleHop said it “will continue to explore every opportunity to scale its operations” and develop its partner network and expertise in managed services.
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