8x8 bolsters cloud offerings with Zerigo acquisition

8x8's (Nasdaq: EGHT) move to acquire Littleton, Colo.-based Zerigo illustrates the managed VoIP provider's ongoing drive to establish a greater footing in the cloud services market. Neither company revealed the terms of the deal, which closed last Friday.

By acquiring Zerigo, 8x8 will not only gain new capabilities including virtual private servers and managed DNS services, but also cloud-based server operations monitoring tools. Zerigo hosts its cloud services out of data centers in Denver, Dallas, Washington, D.C., London, Amsterdam and Singapore.

"Zerigo's software technologies will greatly enhance the capabilities of 8x8's cloud hosting services by providing real-time provisioning and elasticity of our compute services," said Bryan Martin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 8x8.

In addition to new service capabilities, Zeringo will bring customers such as Salesforce.com unit Heroku, a major Ruby platform as a service (PaaS), the Zerigo acquisition provides 8x8 with expanded cloud computing capabilities designed to help businesses lower their IT infrastructure costs and management requirements while improving performance and flexibility.

The acquisition of Zerigo is part of an ongoing drive by 8x8 to grow its portfolio of managed cloud services organically and through targeted acquisitions.

Last May, 8x8 acquired Central Host, a deal which expanded its portfolio of managed hosting and cloud computing service capabilities, in addition to some new customers.

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