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Cloud, colocation and managed hosting organisation bolsters portfolio and UK presence
READING, UK — 9th June 2016 — /BackupReview.info/ — Pulsant, the cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation expert, has announced the acquisition of Onyx, an IT infrastructure services provider. This acquisition forms part of Pulsant’s strategy to enhance capabilities and strengthen its market position. The acquisition will benefit both existing and potential customers.
Onyx focuses on providing cloud, colocation, remote and on-site IT management, workplace recovery, applications management and security solutions to customers. Backed by mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge in 2011, it now has five datacentres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield and Newcastle, and other business continuity centres and offices around the UK. The company’s staff, technology platforms and infrastructure will be integrated with Pulsant’s over the coming months.
The combined business will have almost 400 staff, revenues of £75m and over 4,000 customers in a variety of industries. Its operations are underpinned by a network of 15 owned and operated datacentres across in the UK, and leading-edge private, multi-tenanted and public cloud platforms.
The acquisition will add to Pulsant’s capabilities as a provider of hybrid IT services — particularly in the areas of applications management, remote and on-site managed services, workplace recovery and security — and expand its reach in the UK to deliver more options for resiliency and a stronger portfolio of solutions to customers.
“Bringing Onyx and its capabilities into Pulsant is the latest step in our targeted acquisition strategy. The acquisition increases the scale of our business and the breadth of services we can offer, which is crucial as multi-cloud environments become more complex and more important,” says Pulsant CEO Mark Howling.
Neil Stephenson, Onyx CEO, comments: “We have known Pulsant for many years and always felt that combining Onyx and Pulsant would provide a very strong UK-wide player. Both businesses have complementary capabilities and locations, and this acquisition enables the enlarged business to offer a stronger, broader range of services to our joint customers. The cultures of our two organisations are also very similar, which was a big factor in selecting Pulsant as the acquirer.”
This acquisition marks a significant milestone in the development of Pulsant, and is its first major acquisition since Oak Hill and Scottish Equity Partners became Pulsant’s major shareholders in July 2014. As the business moves into its next stage of development, the company has also announced that it has appointed Mike Tobin, OBE, as chairman. Tobin was previously CEO at Telecity for 13 years, overseeing its growth from a market cap of £6m to £1.6bn, and floating it on the London Stock Exchange in 2007.
Howling says: “Mike has an excellent reputation in the industry, a broad understanding of the datacentre and cloud markets and experience of growing businesses in the UK and overseas. I am delighted that he has agreed to become our chairman, which is a significant signal of Pulsant’s quality and ambitions.”
Pieter Knook, Pulsant’s existing chairman, will continue to serve on the board as deputy chairman.
The company owns and operates a resilient 10GB core network connecting its 10 wholly owned ISO 27001 compliant datacentres across the UK. A number of these sites are ILS2, ILS3 and PCI DSS certified, and are on the G-Cloud Framework. In addition, Pulsant is one of only two companies globally to hold the BSI CSA Star accreditation for cloud security.
In 2013 Pulsant was awarded the Royal Warrant as a provider of hosted IT and datacentre services to the Royal household.
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A similar announcement by Livingbridge:
Livingbridge Exits IT Infrastructure Provider Onyx
LONDON, UK – 9th June 2016 — /BackupReview.info/ — Livingbridge, has announced the sale of Onyx, an IT infrastructure services provider, to Pulsant, one of the UK’s largest datacentre providers.
Onyx focuses on providing cloud, colocation, remote and on-site IT management, workplace recovery, applications management and security solutions. The Group also provides UK data centres, cloud security backup and IT infrastructure to some of the world’s biggest businesses including Sage, Edinburgh Airport and Bond Dickenson.
Following Livingbridge’s original £16 million investment in 2011, the Group today employs more than 170 people and has five datacentres in Stockton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield and Newcastle, as well as other business continuity sites and offices around the UK.
The acquisition of Onyx will add to Pulsant’s capabilities as a provider of hybrid IT services, particularly in the areas of applications management, remote and on-site managed services, workplace recovery and security. The deal will also enable the Group to expand its presence in the UK.
Livingbridge were advised by Martin Jenkins and Joel Greenwood, at Deloitte
Commenting on the sale, Neil Stephenson, Onyx CEO said: “We have known Pulsant for many years and always felt that combining Onyx and Pulsant would provide a very strong UK-wide player. Both businesses have complementary capabilities and locations, and this acquisition enables the enlarged business to offer a stronger, broader range of services to our joint customers. We have enjoyed working with the Livingbridge team over the past five years and thank them for all of their help and support during this period in the Group’s development.”
Amy Yateman-Smith at Livingbridge said: “Since our investment in the business, Onyx has gone from strength to strength, expanding across the UK and extending its product portfolio. It has been a pleasure to work with the Onyx team and we are confident that the firm can continue its success as part of Pulsant.”
Livingbridge VC LLP is the Investment Manager to and invests on behalf of the Baronsmead VCTs (Baronsmead Venture Trust plc, Baronsmead Second Venture Trust plc, and Baronsmead VCT 5 plc), FPPE Fund plc and Wood Street Microcap Investment Fund. Livingbridge VC LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England No. OC320408 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
This communication has been issued by Livingbridge EP LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The types of investments we offer place capital at risk and investors may not get back the full amount invested. Any tax relief will depend on the investors individual circumstances and may be subject to change. Any reference to past or future performance should not be viewed as a reliable indicator of how the investments will perform in the future. Livingbridge EP LLP does not provide advice and no information in this communication should be construed as such.
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