As expected, super-CLEC PAETEC (news, filings) is taking the trend toward cloud services for the enterprise quite seriously. The company yesterday announced a major expansion of its datacenter and cloud computing footprint. They plan to add 13 data centers nationwide by the end of 2012, which will give them twenty in all. This year, they expect to add locations in McLean, Tampa, Columbus, Detroit, and Charlotte.
Additionally, the company added several new products to bolster its cloud services portfolio: dedicated servers, virtual servers, managed storage, and hosted exchange. Those appear to be a basic starter set upon which the company will build additional managed service offerings in the future as it builds out its cloud portfolio.
PAETEC has been busy integrating the Cavalier and Intellifiber assets, and I believe the XETA deal should be set to close soon as well. They always seem to have many pots on the stove, as it were. But I wouldn't put it past them to do additional cloud/managed services M&A this summer to add to that portfolio.
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