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EarthLink to acquire West Coast firm

By TROY L. SMITH
 - 6/17/2013 12:20:10 PM

EarthLink Inc. on Monday announced an agreement to acquire CenterBeam Inc., a privately held information technology service provider based in Silicon Valley, for $22 million.

EarthLink, an IT services and communications company with offices in Rochester, said the transaction is structured as an asset purchase with the expectation to close during the third quarter.

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., CenterBeam specializes in cloud computing and hosted IT services, EarthLink officials said. EarthLink has spent the past few years under CEO Rolla Huff making the transition into a player in the cloud and IT services markets.

EarthLink plans to offer CenterBeam’s “365+ Enterprise Cloud” service and national hosted voice platform through EarthLink’s existing distribution channels. EarthLink also will integrate CenterBeam’s service control panel with its own portal.

“The acquisition of CenterBeam will fast-track our IT Services product development by providing us with critical scale and complementary product capabilities geared towards our multilocation business target market,” Huff said in a statement. “CenterBeam’s advanced set of products, tools and processes will enable us to quickly bring a robust set of remote managed IT Services and collaboration services to market.”

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