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ALSO now ready as cloud enabler

Major European distributor ALSO has created a new business arm called ALSO Cloud Oy  after buying Nervogrid Oy, Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish company is active in cloud computing and especially Cloud Brokerage Enablement platforms with which the management of private, public, and hybrid cloud transactions can be automated and processed. 

The core element, the web-based Cloud Control Panel as a Service technology, enables customers and partners of ALSO to offer various IT services, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), autonomously and in simple steps. Resellers can use the Cloud Control Panel as a Service technology to develop, drive and manage the entire sales process, from drag-and-drop offer-preparation through roll-out of the cloud services to performance-reporting and billing.

"With this acquisition, ALSO Holding AG wants to strengthen its expertise in the cloud business and to develop it further. We offer our customers and partners in the cloud environment an ideal Cloud Brokerage Enablement platform from which to offer their cloud services to a broad base of resellers and their customers. This service platform enables us to create a bridge between vendor and reseller. For ALSO, offering cloud services opens up new business possibilities with independent software and service vendors," says Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG.

In 2013, Nervogrid Oy reported sales revenue of approximately 3 million euros and had around 30 employees. ALSO Cloud Oy will be become a subsidiary of ALSO Holding AG. It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed.