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SCC has made no secret of its plans to broaden its managed services portfolio and do so by acquisition if that is the quickest route to developing a comprehensive solution.
The channel player has been growing its services business and has been looking to pad out some of the areas it covers, including on the voice and UC side.
To deal specifically with that area SCC has made an investment in SIPCOM, which is a CSP that specialises in SaaS services with a particular emphasis on communications.
SCC is pointing to its previous acquisition of SSE Telecoms’ Hampshire Data Centre a year ago, as signs of a longer term strategy to be able to deliver unified comms via the cloud.
“This deal underlines our 3-5 year growth plan in positioning SCC as a leading Data Centre & Cloud Services provider,” said James Rigby, chief executive of SCC.
“Adding Fluidata’s network and SIPCOM’s Hosted Voice & UCaaS capabilities to our Data Centre Services delivers a very compelling Cloud Delivered Managed Services proposition to our customers and the markets we operate in,” he added.
In response, Daniel Allen, chief executive of SIPCOM, said that the backing of the Rigby Group would give it the chance to go for more growth in its key market segments.
“The investment from Rigby Group positions SIPCOM firmly in the mid-market space – and offers customers the value and comfort they expect when selecting a cloud service provider,” he said.
With fresh investment the firm now has ambitions to hit a target of 200,000 cloud based users by the end of 2018.
For SCC it should help bring in even more growth in its data centre and cloud services business, which reached £26m last year following a succession of key customer wins including Kier Group, Samworth Brothers, Grafton Group, Macdonald Hotels, United Utilities, Department for Work and Pensions, and WHSmith.