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Data Center Companies Xand, Access Northeast Merge


Data Center Companies Xand, Access Northeast Merge

By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN

April 04, 2012 4:58 PM ET Data center companies Xand and Access Northeast have merged to form a single company with three data centers in the Northeastern U.S., and unveiled plans to grow the combined business via a combination of new facilities and further acquisitions.

The merger stems not from a need to cut costs but from a need to grow to be ready for changing customer requirements, said Rob Stephenson, former CEO of Access Northeast and now chief marketing officer of the combined entity, which for now will be called Xand.

About 60 percent to 70 percent of Xand’s revenue comes from traditional co-location services, with the rest from managed services and the cloud, Stephenson said. However, it is the cloud business which is growing fastest.

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“We’ve seen a combined growth of 20 percent over the last three to four years,” he said. “What’s getting our growth this year to up to 25 percent is the growth in cloud services. We anticipate at least a 70 percent growth in cloud services, maybe even a doubling in revenue, from 2011 to 2012.”

Because of the expected growth, Xand will see no layoffs as a result of the merger, and will%

via Data Center Companies Xand, Access Northeast Merge.

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