Yesterday Rogers Business Solutions waded deeper into the cloud infrastructure market with some M&A. Rogers is purchasing two data center assets: Pivot Data Centers and Granite Networks. They'll be folding both into their Blackiron Data division, built off the purchase of the Blackiron business from Primus earlier this year.
Pivot operates three facilities totaling 130,000 square feet out in the Alberta cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and has another two facilities coming online soon that will add another 110,000 square feet. That's a substantial footprint for western Canada, for which Rogers will be paying some $155M. The private equity firm Sverica International had previous taken control of Pivot some four years earlier.
Granite Networks is rather smaller, operating a data center in Ottawa which Rogers has already finished buying for $6.25M. The additional assets in Ontario should complement their existing Blackiron footprint in Toronto.
Rogers' move mirrors those of larger telecoms to the south like CenturyLink and Windstream, building a foundation from which they will offer cloud and managed services across their footprint.
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