Online Tech Acquires Echo Cloud to Reach Midwest Market

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Michigan-based hybrid cloud service provider Online Tech has acquired Kansas City-based enterprise cloud company Echo Cloud to boost its reach in the Midwest market. The acquisition will bolster its compliant services, and increase the geographical diversity of its cloud infrastructure, according to a Wednesday announcement.

With the acquisition Online Tech adds two edge data centers in the Kansas City area to its network of four data centers in Michigan and one in Indianapolis. The companies will combine their existing services, which customers can access through Online Tech’s client portal.

“I’m very pleased with this deal,” Online Tech CEO Yan Ness said in a statement. “We really like the Kansas City market. There’s lots of demand that we think is underserved, and this is a great opportunity to provide companies in the area with our secure, compliant hybrid IT services.”

Ness told MITechNews that the acquisition expands Online Tech’s product line with new services from Echo Cloud including disaster recovery, and also adds to its channel partnerships.

Echo Cloud CEO Bill Severn noted the companies’ closely matching values, and the ability to offer services compliant with standards such as PCI and HIPAA to Echo Cloud’s existing customers.

“Online Tech has been a leader in compliance for many years,” Severn said. “I’m pleased we can now offer HIPAA- or PCI-compliant data hosting to our existing customers here in Kansas City.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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