Savvis puts finishing touches on $7M Ciber asset acquisition

Savvis, CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) data center and cloud unit, on Monday closed its $7 million acquisition of Ciber's IT outsourcing business.

Dennis Brouwer, Savvis

Brouwer (Image source: Savvis)

In July, Savvis announced it would purchase some assets from Ciber, a global IT consulting and managed services company.

Neither company is hardly a stranger to one another. In 2011, Ciber established a relationship with Savvis to leverage the service provider's worldwide data centers as another route to deliver its services.

Dennis Brouwer, General Manager, Converged Cloud and Global Network Solutions, Savvis, in a previous interview with FierceTelecom, said that the acquisition is all about moving up the stack to help manage various applications for its clients.

"If we can now go into a customer environment with the extra eyes, hands and brains that come along with this acquisition, penetrate these enterprise accounts, and do a better job at understanding the enterprise application requirements, it makes it easier for us to adapt our virtualized infrastructure to that enterprise's needs," he said.  "Secondly, as we develop that application understanding, it helps to drive our Savvis and CenturyLink product roadmap. In other words, what additional managed services should we be developing based on perceived and observed enterprise demand?"

Brower added that "the bottom line is [the Ciber acquisition] brings another round of IT outsourcing expertise to Savvis and it's going to help us move up the stack to better serve our customers at the enterprise application layer."

Specifically, what Ciber brings to the table is a series of client and vendor relationships, infrastructure, technology and facilities spanning North America, Europe and India.

Deepening its presence in these international markets ties in well with Savvis' own data center expansion drive. In September the provider opened up a new data center in Frankfurt.

Earlier in June, it added 220,000 square feet of domestic, international data center space. Overall, Savvis has over 50 data centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, where it can deliver Ciber's services to their now combined customer base.

For more:
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