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October 06, 2010

ViaWest Acquires Consonus Data Center Assets in Salt Lake City



By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor



ViaWest, a provider of adaptable colocation and managed services, has acquired the Utah data center assets of Consonus, a colocation provider based in Salt Lake City.

Officials with ViaWest said that with the acquisition the company will increase its footprint to six data centers encompassing approximately 100,000 square feet of usable raised floor in the greater Salt Lake City area.

"Consonus has been at the very heart of the Utah data center business for years," said Roy J. Dimoff, chairman and CEO of ViaWest, in a statement. 

Dimoff said that ViaWest's acquisition of these data centers, including their marquee customers and dedicated professional staff, significantly increases the company’s service capabilities in the Utah market. 

He said that this is an excellent opportunity for ViaWest to deliver essential services to a discerning and growing customer base.

"We are pleased that our customers and employees are now going to be part of the ViaWest family, and would like to express our sincere gratitude to them for their contribution to the success of Consonus," said Nana Baffour, executive chairman of Consonus Technologies & managing principal of Knox Lawrence International. 

Baffour said that the company is confident that these customers will continue to receive the same high level of offerings and support from ViaWest that they have become accustomed to.

Company officials said that heading up the consolidation for ViaWest will be Bob Newman, ViaWest's senior vice president and Utah general manager, and a former IT director at the LDS Church. 

Bob will be managing all aspects of the integration of the business and customer base, as well as the day to day operational elements. 

"With the acquisition, we will have over 50 employees in Utah, and we only see that number growing in the near future," said Bob Newman. 

Newman said that Salt Lake City has deep technology roots and a great business community that drives innovation.

“ViaWest's expansion in the market demonstrates our intent to support that innovation, and partner in the technology community's growth," he said.


Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda
 
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