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Telecom acquires cloud specialist Appserv

Telecom acquires cloud specialist Appserv

This puts us in an outstanding position to help businesses navigate a digital future in which cloud computing will become increasingly important, says Telecom CEO Simon Moutter.

Telecom has signed a conditional agreement to purchase all of the shares in leading business cloud services specialist Appserv.

The agreement is subject to conditions which are expected to be completed by early next month.

“We see this as a strategic business move giving the Telecom group a very strong New Zealand cloud services portfolio,” Telecom New Zealand CEO Simon Moutter says in a statement.

The move is consistent with Telecom’s growth strategy, in particular its priority to win the future by investing in data, mobility and cloud services.

“The acquisition of Appserv is an excellent complement to the purchase in 2013 of Revera and the ongoing investment we are making in datacentres,” says Moutter.

“As we transform to Spark, we think this puts us in an outstanding position to help New Zealand businesses navigate a digital future in which cloud computing will become increasingly important.”

Appserv provides cloud and desktop ‘as-a-service’ offerings. Its customers range from early stage to listed companies and private and government organisations. Appserv managing director Graham Clarke says the group is pleased to combine its leading cloud services with “the ambition and reach” of Telecom.

The acquisition is an excellent complement to the purchase in 2013 of Revera and the ongoing investment we are making in datacentres.

Simon Moutter, Telecom

Moutter says the combined capabilities of Appserv and Revera mean the company can now offer leading cloud computing expertise to all New Zealand businesses, through Telecom and Gen-i sales channels.

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Moutter says Telecom continues to invest in data centres: In Wellington, a new Revera centre opened last year that is now 100 per cent allocated, with a third centre due to open in October. In Christchurch, a greenfields centre opened in August and is already over 30 per cent full. In Auckland, a new high resiliency data centre in Takanini is due to open in October, with 38 per cent of capacity already allocated.

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