20/05/2010 - 00:00

Datacom’s $10m a step on growth path

20/05/2010 - 00:00

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WEST Leederville-based Datacom Systems WA has signalled further acquisitions to grow the business after last week buying the data centre of Metro iX for $10 million.

Datacom’s $10m a step on growth path

WEST Leederville-based Datacom Systems WA has signalled further acquisitions to grow the business after last week buying the data centre of Metro iX for $10 million.

Datacom managing director Basil Lenzo said the acquisition, the firm’s first since it was established in 2007, would give the business the capability to provide an end-to-end solution for clients.

He said the deal, which was negotiated over three months and settled last week, would add a strong client base and deliver substantial revenue to the business.

A data centre is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, as well as environmental controls such as air-conditioning, fire suppression and security devices.

“When we started the business in 2007 we were predominantly an infrastructure and professional services organisation, but now we can talk to clients about infrastructure procurement right through to hosting and managed services,” Mr Lenzo told WA Business News.

“That enables clients to strike a relationship with the key people in our business and go end-to-end with us.

“So there’s a competitive advantage with that and there are some really strong existing clients that we’re now talking to, so it all augurs well.”

Mr Lenzo said the acquisition of the Metro iX data centre would enable Datacom to work more closely in and around areas like business continuity and disaster recovery.

He said the wild weather experienced throughout the state in March highlighted how critical secure IT infrastructure was for businesses.

Mr Lenzo said organic growth had been a key strategy for Datacom, but the IT firm was increasingly looking at further acquisitions “where it makes sense and where it provides us with very strong continuity streams”.

Metro iX is owned by Perth iX, a centrally located data centre with a Perth CBD facility featuring overlapping power grids, redundant power supplies and “comprehensively maintained infrastructure”.

About $3.6 million was recently spent on the facility, which the company says is a product of the large investments made by oil and mining players on IT infrastructure from the late 1990s to mid-2000s.

 

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