Midco Enters into Agreement to Acquire Dataware, LLC
Deal Signals Midco’s Launch of Commercial Data Center and Managed IT Services
April 10, 2016 – Sioux Falls, SD: Midco® has entered into an agreement to acquire Dataware, LLC, a firm that has provided data center space, and cloud and managed services since 2001. The deal includes two data centers located in Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD – giving Midco the infrastructure to deliver business-class data center and managed services across the Upper Midwest.
“The combination of the data center environments on top of our Northern Plains Network is an advantage for Midco Business, but even more so for our customers,” says Scott Smidt, who leads the data center strategy and team as Vice President of Business Engineering and Operations for Midco.
“Businesses already benefit from the reliability, redundancy and capacity of our wholly owned and operated fiber-optic network. Soon, they can use that network to access their secure data housed in a Midco facility,” adds Smidt.
Some examples of how businesses could use Midco’s services include:
- Wholesale providers can efficiently and cost-effectively extend their networks into the Upper Midwest by connecting to the region’s leading network through a connection in a Midco data center.
- Enterprise-level businesses can rent a Midco data center suite or rack space for their own equipment – establishing an off-premise primary data location or a backup for disaster recovery purposes.
- Small and medium businesses without a dedicated IT staff can move their IT equipment from less secure locations, such as a backroom or office, to the Midco data center – ensuring proper security, environmental controls, power supply and fire suppression.
Midco data centers are considered Tier II facilities, meaning they deliver on service-level commitments while also offering a cost-effective solution for businesses of all sizes.
Looking Ahead to New Solutions and Locations
Midco will continue to serve Dataware customers as it expands its service line near-term and long-term to include additional managed business IT services. The company is assessing opportunities to expand the data center strategy into other cities.
“As we look to the future, we may examine opportunities in additional Midco markets presently underserved by large data centers, such as Fargo and Grand Forks, and then move our focus to other key Midco markets,” says Steve Grosser, EVP for Midco.