Canadian cloud services firm buys US hosting company

Cloud services provider SherWeb of Sherbrooke, QC has announced the acquisition of Orcs Web Inc., a Windows-based managed hosting provider based in Charlotte, NC.

According to the company, OrcsWeb will operate as a wholly-owned SherWeb subsidiary. Terms of the acquisition, which is SherWeb’s third such deal in three years, were not disclosed. This is SherWeb’s first acquisition in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) segment, which has been an area of recent focus for the company.

“SherWeb’s expansion into IaaS will enable us to offer customers and channel partners more value and choice from the cloud, without having to invest in or maintain complex infrastructure themselves,” said SherWeb’s co-founder and president, Matthew Cassar, in a staement. “OrcsWeb naturally complements our overall business strategy because their depth of expertise in managed Windows hosting is one of several areas of diversification that will be critical to cloud services providers in the near future.”

OrcsWeb has four data centres in the Charlotte area, and has been focused on shared, cloud and dedicated server hosting solutions and Microsoft-based solutions since 1996.

“We look forward to sharing our unique expertise with the larger SherWeb family while even further enhancing the day-to-day experience OrcsWeb customers currently enjoy,” said Brad Kingsley, founder of OrcsWeb, in a satement. “SherWeb has built an outstanding reputation in the cloud industry in the last 15 years, and the fact that we can now give our customers access to SherWeb’s comprehensive and award-winning portfolio of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud offerings all under one roof makes this acquisition a genuine win-win situation for everyone.”

Sherweb is set to launch a Microsoft Exchange-powered cloud office suite aimed at resellers looking to provide their customers more functionality that what Office 365 can offer later this year.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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