ePlus Continues Acquisition Spree With Purchase Of Integrated Data Storage

In the latest in a series of moves to expand its geographic reach and cloud capabilities, ePlus Technology Monday announced the acquisition of solution provider Integrated Data Storage.

It's the third acquisition since December for Herndon, Va.-based ePlus, No. 35 on CRN's 2017 Solution Provider 500.

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The company acquired Milpitas, Calif.-based OneCloud Consulting in May, and before that acquired Minneapolis-based Consolidated IT Services in December.

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Terms of the acquisition deal for Oak Brook, Ill.-based Integrated Data Storage (IDS), No. 175 on the Solution Provider 500, were not disclosed. The acquisition closed on Sept. 15, ePlus said.

In a news release, ePlus CEO Mark Marron said the acquisition "further solidifies" his firm's Midwest presence while bolstering its business around public, private and hybrid cloud migrations.

The deal will enable ePlus to enhance its capabilities in areas including cloud services, backup and disaster recovery, and storage, the company said.

Adding to cloud capabilities has been a recurring theme across all of the recent acquisitions by ePlus. Consolidated IT Services, which had served as the IT services equipment and integration business of Consolidated Communications Holdings, held the Cisco Master Cloud Builder certification. Meanwhile, OneCloud Consulting brought to ePlus a specialty in DevOps and OpenStack for helping clients with cloud-based solutions and infrastructure.

As part of ePlus, IDS will offer a "strong complement to our existing cloud, security, and digital infrastructure offerings," Marron said in the news release.

In addition to its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, IDS has locations in downtown Chicago and Indianapolis.

The acquisition comes during a busy year for consolidation in the channel. Also on Monday, ManTech International Corp., No. 31 on the Solution Provider 500, announced an agreement to acquire DevOps and cloud specialist InfoZen for $180 million.