Mergers and Acquisitions

Cloud Direct Acquires Microsoft Partner Connect Support Services

Brett Raynes
Brett Raynes

Cloud Direct, a cloud solutions provider (CSP), has acquired Connect Support Services, a Microsoft partner, the companies confirmed this morning. This is Cloud Direct’s fifth acquisition since June 2015, and second of 2017.

The deal further strengthens Cloud Direct’s customer services and technical support capabilities in such areas as Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and hosted desktops, the companies said. Cloud Direct, led by CEO Brett Raynes, gains roughly 20 employees from Connect Support Services, raising total company headcount to about 170 employees, a spokesperson tells ChannelE2E.

Cloud Direct (Bath, UK) continues to blend organic growth with multiple acquisitions. The company in January 2017 acquired AlwaysOn Group (AOG), a gold Microsoft Skype partner with hosting and communications expertise. Earlier acquisitions included Redblade in July 2016, ihotdesk in December 2015 and Datel Business Systems in June 2015. 

Microsoft Partner Mergers, Acquisitions

Multiple Microsoft partners have pursued M&A deals in recent months. Example deals include:

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Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.