With the growing popularity of email hosting, collaboration and unified communications systems, vendors who support these technologies are continuing to expand their footprints.
In a major development in the space, recently Avanade, a global business technology solutions and managed services provider, revealed it is acquiring Azaleos Corporation, a managed service provider for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync.
Although financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed at this time, the acquisition is subject to closing conditions including receipt of required regulatory approvals and is expected to close within 30 days.
The acquisition will benefit customers of both companies as they get an opportunity to explore new managed services offerings of additional Microsoft (News - Alert) technologies. Customers will also benefit from Azaleos’ advanced technology and services platform.
“Azaleos’ unique technology provides customers with the functionality and familiarity of Microsoft technology delivered in a way that provides more control at a lower cost, while offering enterprise service levels above the industry average,” said Adam Warby, Avanade CEO, in a statement.
Microsoft Exchange has emerged as an extremely popular email hosting platform. Recent research also indicates strong growth for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint in both public and private cloud delivery models. Simultaneously with this growth, there is a growing demand for managed services for these services as these solutions provide organizations with dedicated infrastructure, high availability for critical business systems, and functionality similar to that found in on-premises solutions.
“Our rapid growth since we started in 2004 is attributed to our outstanding customer service and the business benefits our technology delivers for customers, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mediq, BECU and Chiquita,” added Phil Van Etten, Azaleos CEO.
The managed services for Microsoft collaboration, communications and email hosting help customers ensure their systems stay up and running smoothly in a much more cost-efficient manner.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein