VMware, Microsoft and Citrix reseller Prolinx has splashed out on the assets of Merseyside-based virtualisation consultancy Five IT in its third acquisition of the past year, as it continues to refine a buy-and-build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and cloud computing strategy.
In July 2009 the Oxfordshire-based firm picked up financial software developer Mason Stone, and four months ago it bought infrastructure deployment specialist DCS to complement its data centre server ops.
The latest buy adds extra commercial sector muscle, several new virtualisation customers and expertise in retail, publishing and manufacturing, Prolinx said in a statement.
"Five IT boosts the consultancy arm of our business and strengthens our ability to compete for large-scale IT infrastructure contracts in the commercial sector," said Prolinx managing director Andy Weller.
"Rather than paying a premium price for a large acquisition we have made carefully thought-out smaller acquisitions to build our capability," he added. Prolinx believes this will enable it to better manage its customers' IT and address the growing cloud market.