Jens Montanana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
Jens Montanana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Datatec subsidiary Logicalis has bought a 51% shareholding in NubeliU to strengthen its position as a cloud software integrator in a transaction of which the value has not been disclosed.

The South American-based NubeliU was founded in 2015 by the team that deployed the first software from OpenStack, a cloud computing operating system, said Datatec.

As a services company, NubeliU integrates OpenStack software with customers’ existing platforms across multiple vendor product lines.

It can deliver its service offerings remotely around the globe from its operations in Argentina and Brazil.

Datatec CEO Jens Montanana said the acquisition was part of Logicalis’s strategy to position itself as a cloud integrator. The acquisition strengthened its commitment to the open-source community, in particular with OpenStack, Montanana said.

“NubeliU’s expertise in OpenStack will accelerate the global expansion of Logicalis’s cloud computing and SDx [software defined everything] practices, strengthening its position as a cloud integrator and ensuring its ability to meet its customers’ requirements on their journey to digital transformation,” he said.

The latest transaction comes two weeks after Logicalis and its Indonesian partner, Metrodata, announced that they would buy 54% and 14% shareholdings, respectively in Indonesian system integrator and services firm Packet Systems Indonesia.

Logicalis will pay $6.8m.

Packet Systems Indonesia was established in 2004 and specialises in data centres and information security solutions, among other functions.

Also in June, Datatec’s other subsidiary, Analysys Mason, bought Norway-based Nexia Management Consulting in a deal of undisclosed value.

Analysys Mason is a telecommunications consulting and research company.

The acquisition “significantly strengthens Analysys Mason’s position in the Nordic region while adding valuable skills and expertise to its consulting division”, Montanana said.

Datatec also sold subsidiary Westcon Americas to Synnex for $800m.

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