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Prolinx picks up Five IT

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 July 2010

UK-based systems integrator Prolinx has acquired consultancy outfit Five IT. The deal represents the third acquisition by Prolinx in the last 12 months. Five IT specializes in providing virtualisation services to the commercial sector. Prolinx reckons that its latest purchase is another pillar in its quest to become a leading provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), building upon its expertise as a systems integrator of virtualisation, data management and infrastructure technologies.

“At a stroke, Five IT boosts the consultancy arm of our business and strengthens our ability to compete for large-scale IT infrastructure contracts in the commercial sector,” said Andy Weller, managing director at Prolinx.

“Rather than paying a premium price for a large acquisition, we have made carefully, thought-out smaller acquisitions to build our capability. This enables us to help customers on their journey to provision IT more intelligently and effectively and for us to address the growing market for cloud services. We see huge opportunities and it’s where the market is heading.”

The purchase of Liverpool-based Five IT strengthens Prolinx’s footprint in the commercial sector, bringing virtualisation customers and expertise in areas such as retail, publishing and manufacturing.

In July 2009, Prolinx snapped up software developer Mason Stone, adding bespoke software for the finance sector and a team of software developers. In March 2010, it bought DCS, a specialist in IT infrastructure deployment. DCS added 50-strong field service organisation with considerable desktop roll-out and desktop server skills to complement Prolinx’s data centre server operations. In addition, the acquisition gave Prolinx a commissioning and logistics centre, the size of two football fields.

In June 2010, Prolinx purchased a secure data centre facility, from which it will provide data hosting capabilities. Together these acquisitions knit together to support Prolinx’s vision of becoming a foremost provider of IaaS to UK commercial and public sector organisations.

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