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Datapipe Buys Big Data Multi-Cloud IaaS Provider GoGrid

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Datapipe, a managed service provider specializing in cloud solutions, has acquired GoGrid, a provider of multi-cloud big data Infrastructure-as-a-Service, for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition of GoGrid will help Datapipe advance its strategy around developing security, integration and management features across multiple cloud platforms such as VMware, AWS and its own Stratosphere private cloud.

“GoGrid has made it easy for companies to stand up big data solutions quickly,” Datapipe CEO Robb Allen said in a statement. “Datapipe customers will achieve significant value from the speed at which we can now create new big data projects in the cloud. This acquisition advances Datapipe’s strategy to help our enterprise clients architect, deploy and manage multi-cloud hybrid IT solutions.”

Datapipe, which already has data centers in Shanghai, Iceland, London, Singapore, and eight US locations, will also be growing its data center footprint with the addition of new GoGrid facilities in San Francisco and Amsterdam.

In 2013, GoGrid turned its attention from general managed cloud and dedicated hosting to focus on big data infrastructure, including clustered test and production environments.

Last year, the GoGrid launched its 1-Button Deploy feature, which simplifies the process of moving big data applications from testing to full-scale production. Later in 2014, it launched its “Managed Services Stack” which features managed backup, monitoring and security.

Datapipe has been growing its service capabilities over the past few years through acquisition. In September 2013, Datapipe bought AWS monitoring and optimization company Newvem, and in August 2014, it purchased managed services provider Layered Tech.

Philbert Shih, founder and managing director of Structure Research, told The WHIR, “The Datapipe acquisition of GoGrid seems to have some similarities to its purchase of Layered Tech in that they targeted some specific capabilities they like and were previously lacking. In the case of GoGrid, it was the one-click install capabilities for various database applications. Datapipe is likely going to consolidate the rest of the customer base on to its existing hosting and colocation platforms and try to generate as many efficiencies as it can.”

As Gigaom notes, this is the first major cloud deal of the year, and is part of the cloud consolidation trend which has included, for instance, Cisco buying Metacloud, HP buying Eucalyptus, EMC buying Cloudscaling, and IBM buying SoftLayer.

And while cloud companies such as Rackspace, CloudSigma, Digital Ocean, and Joyent continue to operate independently, there is speculation that Oracle, SAP, and other major IT companies might be on the lookout for cloud acquisitions.

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