CBTS Buys Virtual Blocks

CBTS, the technology solutions division of Cincinnati Bell, today announced the acquisition of Toronto-based Virtual Blocks, a division of Commerx Computer Systems.

According to the release, the acquisition will strengthen CBTS’ leading-edge data center solutions for businesses of all sizes and provide a foundation for continued geographic expansion.

The CBTS Virtual Data Center is a utility computing service that allows customers to provision and manage virtual servers in a secure cloud computing environment. Some common uses for the Virtual Data Center include cost-effective virtualized disaster recovery solutions; rapidly deployed test/development environments; on-demand server capacity with utility billing; and managed services including Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint hosting.

Virtual Blocks’ product portfolio includes the Virtual Server Grid (VSG) for service providers and large IT organizations and the Virtual In-a-Box Environment (VIBE) for small to medium-sized business customers. The VSG is installed at CBTS and Bell Canada, and the VIBE is distributed across North America by Arrow and Synnex resellers.

The acquisition of Virtual Blocks closed on Jan. 30, 2009.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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