Ingram Micro ramps up cloud strategy with acquisition of Odin Service Automation platform

Ingram Micro has entered an agreement to acquire the Odin Service Automation platform from cloud management firm Parallels.

The distributor will acquire the platform along with associated cloud management technologies, intellectual property and the Odin brand.

In addition, approximately 500 Odin employees, many of whom are software engineers with cloud expertise, are expected to join Ingram Micro. As a part of the Ingram Micro Cloud division, led by executive vice president Nimesh Dave, these employees will continue to drive further innovation and development of the Odin automation platform and Ingram’s cloud service offerings as members of the Ingram Micro Cloud division.

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“In recent years, the launch of Ingram Micro’s automated cloud platform and marketplace has positioned our company at the forefront of the evolution and adoption of cloud solutions by businesses throughout the world. Now the time has come for us to expand our capabilities by owning the intellectual property that is helping to drive this technology evolution,” commented Ingram Micro CEO Alain Monié.

“Odin Service Automation leads in cloud provisioning management and is an established industry standard for integrated cloud services. Our announcement today demonstrates Ingram Micro’s confidence in the technology and talent that Odin has cultivated, as well as our belief that the Odin Service Automation platform will play a significant role in how businesses consume technology in the cloud.

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He continued: “We intend to continue to enhance the capabilities of the Odin Service Automation platform, while also consistently bringing additional functionality to our combined cloud solutions.

“Together, Ingram and Odin will offer the ideal combination of expertise, knowledge and commercial relationships with leading cloud OEMs and innovators, which will enable our combined partner portfolio of 285 telcos, 4,000 hosting companies and 200,000+ resellers worldwide to thrive by lifting their customers businesses to the cloud.”

The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is expected to close in December 2015 and is not expected to materially impact Ingram Micro’s 2016 financial results.

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