Congruity, KNJ Merge To Form Data Management Channel Powerhouse

Two storage-focused solution providers have merged to form Congruity360 as a way to bring a wider range of vendor-agnostic on-premises and cloud solutions to customers.

Congruity360 formed from the merger of Congruity, a solution provider and MSP with a storage focus, and KNJ, a provider of electronic discovery consulting and services, said Brian Davidson, co-founder of Congruity and managing partner of Pembroke, Mass.-based Congruity360.

Congruity360 offers a vendor-agnostic approach to data management, Davidson told CRN.

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While the company still offers a wide range of traditional storage hardware and software sales, its focus going forward will be on the cloud, he said. That includes providing services based on the company's own private cloud, based on its own 208,000 square-foot data center, and on AWS and Microsoft Azure public clouds.

"Most of the time, our traditional customers don't want everything in AWS," he said. "We help them determine what's a good fit for public clouds, and what's not."

Congruity partnered with KNJ in the past on storage clients requiring e-discovery services, Davidson said. "For us, they are complementary technologies," he said. "KNJ focused on using our infrastructure for e-discovery and more, and Congruity on the IT infrastructure. We can bring them together and offer customers data management as an operating expense or capital expense, on-premises or in the cloud, with third-party maintenance, and more."

Congruity360's business going forward will include managed services and solutions related to storage, data migration, support, and information governance, Davidson said. The company's legal services including e-discovery will be branded with the KNJ360 moniker, he said.

Congruity was formed in March of 2016 as a result of the merger of MSDI and Rockland IT Solutions, both based in Pembroke, Mass. The company's 208,000 square-foot data center is based on its 2015 acquisition of Fall River, Mass.-based Granite Block Global Data Center. That data center was originally focused on co-location, but has since been transformed into a private cloud provider for Congruity360, Davidson said.