WOW reaches for the cloud with Bluemile buy
WOW announced this morning that it had bought the data center, cloud and fiber assets of cloud service provider Bluemile for an undisclosed sum.
The deal marked WOW’s entry into the cloud infrastructure space. With the addition of Columbus, Ohio-based Bluemile, WOW will be able to offer data center-based services such as disaster recovery, cloud backup, managed security and cloud computing to small and enterprise businesses across the company's 13-state network footprint.
Going forward, Bluemile will be rebranded as WOW and become fully integrated into the company’s infrastructure.
Bluemile's Ohio data center facility is comprised of 26,000-square-feet of space, which provides access to local and long haul fiber networks. The Bluemile assets will also help WOW have a new business network presence in New York City and Boston.
"We are extremely excited to welcome the Bluemile team into the WOW family," said Brad Cheedle, WOW’s senior vice president, business services. "We look forward to building on WOW’s existing reputation in Columbus as an exceptional service provider and employer. Bluemile's expertise in the cloud space will enhance our ability to meet our current and future customer demands by directly addressing their mission-critical data networking and cloud infrastructure requirements.
“Our local coaxial fiber networks plus access to national carrier backbones will provide even greater efficiency, faster delivery, more bandwidth and security for virtual services used by Bluemile's existing customers."
WOW owns and operates local networks in Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, and 17 other markets. The company said it planned to invest further in facility expansions to accommodate Bluemile's service offerings.
WOW provides both Internet and voice services for small businesses and SIP, Ethernet, trunking and special build services for enterprise, government and wholesale.
WOW also picked up some commercial services assets from its acquisition of Knology  last year.