Data Electronics in €3m co-lo deal with ProStrategy

25 Nov 2008

Data-centre player Data Electronics has struck a €3m partnership deal with business software and service firm ProStrategy to allow it to deploy software as a service (SaaS) and managed services locally and globally.

The partnership deal comes as ProStrategy plans to expand its product offering to include managed services solutions.

The deal will see Data Electronics deliver a wide variety of co-location and managed services solutions, including remote and onsite monitoring, storage, backup, security, data recovery, business continuity and a range of professional services to ProStategy’s clients.

“Partnerships are crucial to the development of our business as they serve to provide our new and existing customers with an even more comprehensive solution,” explained Maurice Mortell, CEO, Data Electronics.

“This partnership reflects the growing demand for outsourcing and managed services that enable companies to reduce operating costs and provide a secure environment for their IT systems.

“ProStrategy and Data Electronics have a combined operating experience in excess of 30 years, and a staff base of 60. By bringing together our extensive experience and expertise in co-location, managed services, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, we feel we have developed a premium offering that will be of huge benefit to our customers,” Mortell added.

Data Electronics is one of Ireland’s largest data-centre operators. Providing one-stop IT outsourcing, it was the first hosting services provider in Ireland to receive VMware certification.

In November 2007, Data Electronics announced investment of €25m in the expansion of a new 100,000 sq ft facility in Ballycoolin, the first phase of which is due to be completed by the end of the year.

In the past five years, the company has grown its staff base by 20pc. Its Network Operation Centre (NOC) can monitor and support businesses 24×7 for a fraction of the cost a company would face recreating this facility in their own operation.

“This partnership with Data Electronics will enable ProStrategy to offer a more extensive, integrated capability,” explained Noel Shannon of ProStrategy.

ProStrategy specialises in the delivery of ERP, business intelligence, data warehousing and CRM solutions. The company has a diverse customer base consisting of 150 clients such as Johnson Brothers, Casey’s Furniture, Castlethorn Masonry Fixings and the Construction Industry Federation.

“We will now be in a position to deliver a full-service solution that allows our customers to focus on their core business, while we share or assume complete management of mission-critical IT equipment, infrastructure and applications,” Shannon said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years