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Datapipe buys UK cloud startup Adapt in European expansion

Thu 18 Aug 2016

U.S. cloud firm Datapipe has bought UK managed service provider (MSP) startup Adapt in a bid to expand its global presence.

The acquisition of London-based Adapt will add 200 employees to the Datapipe team, supporting the development of its physical infrastructure, managed public cloud and professional solutions across AWS, Microsoft Azure and its own private cloud Stratosphere.

‘Our similar approach to guiding client’s on their cloud journey makes the acquisition a natural fit for us and will increase our scale and service capabilities in the United Kingdom, and the broader European market,’ said Datapipe CEO Robb Allen in the official release.

While Datapipe has had a presence in London for over 10 years, the deal with Adapt will allow the company to become more competitive in the UK market, and also make it easier for its North American clients to expand into Britain.

Adapt customers can expect to benefit from Datapipe’s prowess across fields such as cloud, automation, DevOps, compliance, security and governance. Datapipe support teams in North America, Europe, and Asia, will also be on hand to respond to Adapt clients.

Datapipe hopes that it will also be able to accelerate the growth of Adapt’s new managed AWS platform, with six years’ experience of architecting AWS environments.

Although financial details of the deal are yet to be disclosed, Datapipe did confirm that Adapt would be fully rebranded under its name from early 2017. Adapt CEO Stewart Smythe will become managing director of Datapipe Europe, with most other members of the Adapt leadership team remaining in position.

On announcing the deal, Smythe commented: ‘We are seeing emerging customer requirements for a tactical and strategic presence overseas, so it makes sense for us to advance the UK’s capability in a global market rather than create bulkier domestic organisations.’ He added that the agreement is about ‘mutually enhancing regional and global capability.’

Datapipe has cranked up its acquisition portfolio over the past 15 years, picking up AWS automation company DualSpark last September.


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