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Peak 10 Partners with Zayo Group

August 01, 2017

It’s been a momentous summer for Peak 10 Inc.

The national IT infrastructure provider – which offers cloud solutions, data center, and managed and network services – in June announced plans to acquire ViaWest Inc. And it followed that up with partnership news involving Console Connect and Zayo Group Holdings Inc.

A portfolio company of GI Partners, Peak 10 will buy ViaWest for $1.675 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close this quarter. When that happens, the companies say, it will create a leading provider of cloud, colocation, connectivity, and managed solutions, with a combined 4,400 customers.

That company will have operations in 20 markets worldwide. Those markets will include Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Amsterdam, and Calgary.

Peak 10 CEO Chris Downie will continue in the chief executive officer role at the new company. ViaWest CEO Nancy Phillips will become the new company’s executive chair of the board.

(ViaWest is currently a Shaw Communications Inc. subsidiary. Calgary-based Shaw is now focused on providing home Internet, TV, and wireless services, and is adding to its wireless capabilities through the acquisition of Wind Mobile, according to reports. The sale of ViaWest will provide Shaw with more cash for wireless investment, which will also include buying spectrum from Quebecor Inc.).

As for Peak 10, the company in June also announced a deal with Console Connect. That will enable Peak 10 customers to use the Console platform. As a result, Peak 10 customers will be able to attain fast and reliable connectivity to customers, partners, and SaaS providers within the Console ecosystem and to the big cloud providers Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

“We’re pleased to bring Console Connect’s single-click interconnection platform to Peak 10 and its customers,” said Jef Graham, CEO of Console Connect. “Combined with Peak 10’s high-quality facilities, full scope of cloud and managed IT solutions and reputation for customer support and operational excellence, this partnership will give enterprise customers the ability to seamlessly internetwork these facilities and work with other leading cloud and SaaS offerings in the market.”

Additionally, just yesterday Zayo Group Holdings Inc. announced that Peak 10 customers now have access to its CloudLink services. That, Zayo explained, will provide them with access to major cloud providers via Zayo’s fiber optic network.

Peak 10 customers have the choice of leveraging CloudLink via aggregated bandwidth or usage-based Ethernet, which is marketed under the name FlexConnect. CloudLink initially will be available through seven of Peak 10’s data centers.

“Our customers’ dynamic hybrid IT requirements continue to grow and evolve, which is why we are rapidly expanding the interconnection options available within our data centers,” said Steve Renda, vice president of product at Peak 10. “This gives Peak 10’s customers direct access to Zayo’s worldwide network of the largest cloud providers and supports our customers’ continued build out of federated and hybrid infrastructure.”

Edited by Alicia Young

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