Midcontinent Communications has entered into an agreement to acquire Dataware, LLC, with an aim of increasing their foothold in the local industry.
Dataware is a firm that has provided data center space, and cloud and managed services since 2001. The deal includes two data centers located in Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD – giving Midcontinent the infrastructure to deliver business-class data center and managed services across the Upper Midwest.
Scott Smidt who leads the data center strategy and team as Vice President of Business Engineering and Operations for Midcontinent said the new development is a positive to their growing business. “The combination of the data center environments on top of our Northern Plains Network is an advantage for Midco Business, but even more so for our customers,” he said in a press release.
“Businesses already benefit from the reliability, redundancy and capacity of our wholly owned and operated fiber-optic network. Soon, they can use that network to access their secure data housed in a Midco facility.” Even though details of the agreement are not in public domain, it’s understood to be a win-win situation for both parties.
Actually, Midcontinent will continue to serve Dataware customers as it expands its service line near-term and long-term to include additional managed business IT services. The company is assessing opportunities to expand the data center strategy into other cities. That will be a trend-setting move for other industry players who are still lagging behind.
“As we look to the future, we may examine opportunities in additional Midco markets presently underserved by large data centers, such as Fargo and Grand Forks, and then move our focus to other key Midco markets,” Steve Grosser, the EVP for Midcontinent said.
Midcontinent data centers are considered Tier II facilities, meaning they deliver on service-level commitments while also offering a cost-effective solution for businesses of all sizes.