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Cloud Hosting Firm Contegix Acquires MSP BlackMesh


Cloud hosting provider Contegix has acquired BlackMesh Inc., an Ashburn, Virginia-based managed service provider (MSP) that specializes in web hosting, cloud services and secure compliance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This is the third acquisition for St. Louis-based Contegix since November 2016, when the bulk of the company was sold to Strattham Capital, a private equity firm that invests in “high-potential business IT companies.”

"The addition of BlackMesh is a significant leap forward for Contegix and our customers," Contegix CEO David Turner said in a statement. "BlackMesh's advanced web content management capabilities, coupled with their federal security and compliance certifications, align very well with our existing portfolio of application management services designed for the DevOps community.”

The combined company now serves more than 1,200 customers, both in the public and private sectors.

About BlackMesh

Founded in 2003, BlackMesh describes itself as an MSP that delivers secure, compliant and scalable application hosting platforms and cloud-based solutions to business of all sizes, government agencies and nonprofits.

The company manages and supports open-source web content management platforms such as Drupal, Magento and WordPress, and it offers end-to-end managed hosting, managing the application down to the infrastructure layer. It has three data center locations.

Jason Ford, CTO and co-founder of BlackMesh, will assume the role of CTO and CISO of Contegix and will help lead the integration.

"Together, Contegix and BlackMesh will enhance both companies' ability to serve clients in a secure, efficient, and scalable fashion," Ford said in a statement. "We are very excited to join the Contegix team and to continue to provide high-touch service and support to our customers while expanding the services we offer.”

Contegix Growth

Less than a month after its investment from Strattham Capital, Contegix announced on November 29 that it had acquired Reading, Pennsylvania-based MSP Distributed Systems Services, Inc.

The move boosted Contegix to a $50 million-plus company with more than 700 clients and 190 employees.

Just over two weeks later, on December 13, Contegix acquired Web Services, LLC, a cloud and managed services provider based in Kansas City, Missouri, adding another 60 clients to its roster.

Contegix provides application management to the DevOps community, as well as a suite of cloud and managed services to enterprise customers. The company calls itself a global leader in Atlassian hosting.

The firm has data centers in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; Reading and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; and Amsterdam.