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Web Hosting Consolidation Continues. RedStation Acquired

Sat, 7th September 2013, 12:46

UK’s managed hosting and cloud computing provider iomart Group, better known by its subsidiaries, iomart Hosting, RapidSwitchEasyspace, and Melbourne Server Hosting, as well as some othershas added one more brand to that list. UK dedicated server and managed hosting provider RedStation has been acquired in a cash and stock deal. 

Redstation was founded 15 years ago by Lance Taylor and since 2008 he has run the company in conjunction with business partner Peter Appleton. The acquisition of Redstation means iomart now manages approximately 20,000 servers in 10 fully owned and managed data centers across the UK.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said:

The addition of Redstation will consolidate our position as the leading player in the dedicated server market in the UK. Redstation’s customers deliver a wide variety of cloud applications and services so this acquisition further underpins iomart’s position as the main provider of the complex infrastructure required by UK businesses to support the cloud environment.

Peter Appleton, former co-owner of Redstation, said:

I’m excited that Redstation is becoming part of iomart because we’ve been on the same journey. We've both built great reputations for excellence in hosting by investing substantial amounts of money to create the best data centres and network facilities backed by the best technical support. The combination of Redstation and iomart Group will be a powerful force in the market.

Martin Groom, Managing Director of Redstation adds:

Redstation has grown to the point where we need to move to the next level, so becoming part of the leading cloud company in the UK makes perfect sense. As part of the wider iomart Group we will have access to greater resources and technical innovation and will be able to offer an even wider range of cloud services to our ever growing customer base.

Well it does sounds like they are all warm and fuzzy about the deal. Clients of iomart Hosting, Serverlove, WestCoastiomart Cloud, RapidSwitch, Easyspace, Titan Internet, Melbourne Server Hosting and RedStation can share their thoughts on the deal in the form of a web hosting review here.

Redstation has 33 employees. The final price could reach could reach £8 million or $12.4 million if certain profit thresholds materialize.

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