North State Communications acquires DataChambers to shore up data center, managed services capabilities

North State Communications, an ILEC that offers services in North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region, is bolstering its business capabilities with new managed services and colocation facilities by purchasing Winston-Salem company DataChambers.

The records management business, Data-Chambers Records Management, will be retained by the current owners.  

With DataChambers under its belt, North State will add a series of electronic data storage, 24×7 managed information technology solutions and colocation services to its business services portfolio. Currently, North State offers a traditional mix of legacy and next gen voice and data services, including T1, POTS voice, frame relay, Ethernet, and FlexConnect, a bundled product that includes local service, Internet and long distance on a single high speed line.

It's likely that the ILEC will look for opportunities to not only upsell its existing base of customers, but also attract new business customers that are looking to offload various functions like managing e-mail to a service provider.  

Following in the footsteps of other independent ILECs, including Warwick Valley Telephone and Twin Valley Telephone, North State's deal represents the growing movement by service providers of all sizes to gain a greater foothold in the potentially lucrative cloud services market.

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