Canadian-based cloud and managed service provider buys a Chicago company with disaster recovery processes that will be adopted here
There will soon be a southern flavour to some of the offerings of a Toronto-based date centre services provider following its acquisition of a Chicago company.
OnX Enterprise Solutions has expanded its U.S. footprint by buying Worknet Inc., a managed services provider.
It’s the second U.S. service provider the company has picked up, although Worknet has its own data centre.
OnX now has three data centres in North America, plus leases space in four others.
Also, while OnX does have a remote monitoring service, Worknet “was a little more advanced in the tools and processes” in their service, particularly by including asset management. That, too, will be adopted here.
On the other hand, there are two Worknet services that OnX hasn’t decided whether it will offer to Canadians: multi-tenant Microsoft Exchange-based email, and managed hosting of IBM-AIX applications.
As far as offering services from Chicago to Canadian companies, Whiffing acknowledged that could be troublesome to some customers who have let it known they are sensitive to where data is stored.
Whiffing estimated Worknet is about half the size of Onx, with about 100 customers in Chicago compared to OnX’s 200 in Toronto.
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