Rogers acquires BLACKIRON Data for $200 million

Telecom Lead America: Rogers Communications has acquired BLACKIRON Data for $200 million to enhance its data center and cloud computing services.

BLACKIRON Data is a pure-play provider of data center and cloud computing services in Canada with approximately 4,000 customers.

Rogers Business Solutions’ will also use BLACKIRON Data to strengthen its fibre-based network connectivity services in Canada. Canadian businesses will benefit from being able to rely on a single provider for end-to-end security and reliability of mission-critical business applications.

BLACKIRON Data revenue in 2012 was $33.7 million. The business recently opened a Tier III design and construction certified data centre in Markham, Ontario which provides the capacity to readily expand current operations by more than 45 percent.

BLACKIRON has eight data center facilities in five major cities across Canada including Toronto , Ottawa , London , Edmonton and Vancouver. BLACKIRON Data has constructed, maintained and upgraded state-of-the-art and largely expandable facilities to service thousands of businesses across Canada for the past fifteen years.

The organization’s eight data centers are located within 200 km of 80 percent of all Canadian businesses to offer better support to the rapidly growing need for hosted and cloud-based applications.

Rogers Business Solutions (RBS), a division of Rogers Communications, provides network connectivity using its fibre, cable and wireless assets to support a range of leading-edge voice, data and networking services solution.

Rogers Business Solutions owns and operates a transcontinental network with a 100 percent digital fibre optic backbone and strategic interconnect points to the United States and overseas to provide seamless, cross-border and international coverage. Its extensive customer base includes commercial, government and financial enterprises. RBS offers scalable business communications services backed by a team of technical experts.

Rogers’ high speed internet customer base reached 1.9 million subscribers at the end of 2012. The company’s revenue grew by 3 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012 to CAD3.26 billion.

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