(Gawkwire) – Cloud Sherpas, one of the world’s leading Google Apps cloud service providers (CSP), has acquired Devnet, a Google Apps reseller headquartered in Brisbane, Australia.
The acquisition of Devnet is the latest in a string of acquisitions made by Cloud Sherpas this year, and its second in the Asia-Pacific region. Last month, Cloud Sherpas acquired WaveAdept, a Google Apps Reseller from New Zealand. The acquisition of Devnet provides Cloud Sherpas with additional well-connected, local talent, more Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists, and regional marquee customers such as Technology One, Altium and Investor’s Club.
Cloud Sherpas isn’t alone in recognising the growth opportunity in the Asia Pacific market. Analyst firm IDC says cloud computing in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) will grow 40% annually through 2014, from $1.3 billion in 2010. Combined with the fact that many Cloud Sherpas clients are global businesses with a presence in Asia makes expansion in the region is a “no-brainer” for the company.
“Companies in the Asia-Pacific market are embracing the cloud,” says Cloud Sherpas CEO Jon Hallett. “Our acquisition of Devnet, an early Google partner, ensures that our local team will be well-equipped to serve the increasing demand from both enterprises and local businesses looking for an experienced Google Apps partner in the region.”
Cloud Sherpas operations for Asia Pacific will be headquartered in Sydney, Australia. “Sydney gives us a launch pad to all of Asia,” said Eran Gil, a co-founder of Cloud Sherpas and acting General Manager for the region. “While we intend to focus on delivering world-class service and support to businesses in Australia and New Zealand in the near-term, over time, we expect to work with many customers in Singapore, India, Japan and other Asian markets.”
With this acquisition, Cloud Sherpas cements its position as one of the world’s leading Google Apps cloud service providers. The company recently celebrated its one millionth user migrated to Google Apps, and boasts more Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists than any other partner in the world.
About Cloud Sherpas
Cloud Sherpas (http://www.cloudsherpas.com) is a leading Google Apps cloud service provider. As a Google Apps Authorised Reseller and Google Enterprise partner, Cloud Sherpas has migrated over one million users across all major industries from legacy, on-premise messaging systems to Google Apps, helping organisations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses. SherpaTools for Google Apps (http://www.sherpatools.com), its flagship product, enhances the functionality and ease-of-use of Google Apps for both administrators and end-users. As the #1 ranked tool in the Google Apps Marketplace, SherpaTools has been installed on over 20,000 domains in over 110 countries representing over 3.5 million end-users.