A local data centre operator has been sold to Canadian communications giant Rogers for $6.25 million.
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Inside BLACKIRON's data centre.
The acquisition of Granite Networks will allow Rogers to further expand the services it provides to Canadian enterprises through its Rogers Business Solutions division, particularly in eastern Canada and Western Quebec.
That comes on the heels of its purchase of BLACKIRON Data earlier in 2013, which allowed it to expand into data centre and hosting services in the first place.
Granite had close to 60 clients and around 28,000 square feet of space as of this past summer, Jason van Gaal, the firm’s co-founder and COO, told OBJ this summer.
The firm has recently received significant interest from investors.
It closed a $2-million funding round led by the Capital Angel Network and received an undisclosed investment from local IT services company Grade A, both earlier this year.
Granite claims it’s data centre is the only one in Ottawa that meets Tier 3 and Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (or LEED) standards.
Alongside the acquisition of Granite, Rogers announced it was purchasing Pivot Data Centres for $155 million. That gives Rogers three colocation facilities in Calgary and Edmonton that have a capacity of up to 130,000 square feet.
Rogers also plans to open two more data centres in the next few months to give it an additional capacity of 85,000 square feet, the company said in a press release.
Granite and Pivot Data Centres generate a combined annual revenue of about $30 million, the press release said.
"The addition of two high quality and growing data centre operations will enable Rogers Business Solutions to expand the availability of its reliable, and leading-edge data services," said AJ Byers, president of BLACKIRON Data, in a statement.
"Both organizations will enhance Rogers Business Solutions BLACKIRON Data offering as customers in key markets will now have access to expanded data capacity, managed and cloud service offerings."
The purchase of Granite Networks has already been completed, the Rogers press release said.
See also: Building data storage capacity.