Independent now, but will independenceIT someday be acquired?

Contact: Ben Kolada, Thejeswi Venkatesh

Application hoster and desktops-as-a-service provider independenceIT (iIT) announced on Wednesday the tech-and-talent acquisition of cloud management platform Veddio Cloud Solutions. The cloud aggregator’s dashboard platform will be used to control iIT’s cloud workspace products. According to The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase, this is iIT’s first acquisition on record, but it won’t be its last. As it continues to fill out its product platform, will the company someday turn from acquirer to acquired?

Veddio offers a dashboard application that integrates services from a variety of Internet infrastructure providers, such as telco competitive carriers and MSPs. Through its dashboard, Veddio offers white-label application and cloud hosting, hosted PBX, email hosting, managed firewall, domain name registration, software virtualization and data backup and recovery services. As of the acquisition announcement, the five-employee firm had approximately 150 channel partners.

Though this is iIT’s first acquisition, according to our records, the company is planning additional inorganic moves both in the short and long term. We’re told it is eyeing another tech-and-talent acquisition. Specific details weren’t provided, but the next play will likely focus on the delivery of cloud services.

We’d also note that, although currently becoming more of an acquirer, independenceIT could someday become acquired. The small firm (it has 31 employees) could already be considered a prized target. The pickup of Veddio should provide for triple-digit-percent growth and when we last covered iIT, in 2010, we noted that it had already been profitable for two years.

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