The data center services company IO has for some time now had two personalities, the carrier neutral colo provider and the modular infrastructure and DCIM software provider. Today the company announced plans to separate into two companies, allowing each to focus on what it does best.
The modular infrastructure and DCIM piece of the business will become a new company called BASELAYER. BASELAYER will sell those services to service providers, enterprises, and governments that need to provision and deploy their own data center facilities. It will be led by William Slessman, co-founder and current CTO of IO.
Meanwhile, the rest of the company will keep the IO brand and focus on the business of selling space and power in the company’s five existing data centers in Arizona, New Jersey, Ohio, and Singapore and the soon-to-be sixth in London. It will be led by the other two co-founders, current IO CEO George Slessman and President Anthony Wanger, who will keep their current titles of course.
With all the consolidation we see, a bit of the opposite is a refreshing change and this one makes a lot of sense. I suspect BASELAYER will have an easier time taking its technology to market without having the channel conflicts that had surely arisen now and then as part of IO. The separation is expected to be complete in early 2015.
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