Ingram wants more cloud

cloud 2Ingram has expanded its cloud offerings by writing a cheque for Ensim, even while it is being bought out itself.

The deal, agreed for an undisclosed sum, is expected to close in the next 30 days, and needs Ensim shareholders’ blessing.

The acquisition marks the latest in a number of investments the world’s largest distributor has made in recent years in bolstering its standing as a cloud player.

Ensim was created 18 years after a graduate research programme at Cornell University into virtualisation technology. It is headquartered in San Jose, and has offices in London and Durgapur.

On its site it calls itself a “leading provider of solutions to automate on-boarding, orchestration, provisioning, and management of users and organisations with business applications, services, and infrastructure in private, public, and hybrid clouds”.

Selling through a partner network of resellers, integrators, and services providers, Ensim claims to serve more than 5,000,000 users across 20,000 end-user customers, ranging from small businesses to large enterprises.

CEO David Wippich described the buyout as “a superb next step” for his firm.

“We expect to leverage the financial strength, brand recognition and global infrastructure of Ingram Micro to further speed the growth of our business. Our customers and employees will benefit from this union and we are excited to partner with Ingram Micro.”

Ingram is itself in the process of being bought out by the Chinese outfit Tianjin Tianhai.