Computex Steps Up Data Center/Cloud Offensive With Acquisition Of Cisco Gold MSP


Computex Technology Solutions is revving up its recurring-revenue-based data center/cloud services portfolio with the acquisition of Houston-based Cisco Gold Master MSP ENETsolutions,

The deal gives Computex, also based in Houston, an elite ENETsolutions technical team providing a wide range of 24/7 recurring-revenue-based services from a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the art network operations center and data center in Houston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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ENETsolutions' offerings include hosted Cisco VoIP and collaboration services, hosted Microsoft Exchange as well as a wide range of network and security services offerings. Computex, a CRN Solution Provider 500 and CRN Tech Elite 250 powerhouse, plans to roll out those services nationally.

"This gives us the ability to provide the complete life cycle of solutions from assessing and designing to building and now managing and monitoring customer IT environments," said Computex President and CEO Sam Haffar. "It gives us the ability to build out our recurring revenue stream with hosted solutions and network monitoring and management."

ENETsolutions, a member of CRN's MSP Pioneer 250 and Tech Elite 250 lists, holds both Cisco's coveted Master Service Provider and Unified Communications Master certifications.

Craig Hardee, founder, president and CEO of ENETsolutions, will run the national Computex MSP practice. All of the ENETsolutions team will stay on with Computex.

Haffar said he and Hardee have been friends for some time and he first pursued a deal with the company several years ago. He said there is little overlap between the companies' focus and product portfolios.  "There is a lot of synergy here," he said. "We have worked with ENETsolutions for many years. It's a very complementary acquisition. "

The ENETsolutions deal marks a major step up in Computex's ability to provide a new era of its own cloud services, said Haffar. "We are going to be adding a lot more services offerings," he said. "We are going to look at monitoring everything from servers and storage and networks to offering hybrid cloud federated services."

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