FirstLight Fiber, a provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud computing and unified communications throughout the Northeast of the US, has acquired colocation company ColoSpace. Headquartered in Massachusetts, ColoSpace is a regional provider of colocation, managed IT services, cloud solutions, and disaster recovery (DR) services in New England.

“The acquisition of ColoSpace fits well with our strategy of continuing to enhance our capabilities, and as such, it is an ideal match,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. “Its data centers, located in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, are in the heart of our service territory, and in fact, are currently connected to FirstLight’s fiber network. ColoSpace’s product portfolio is not only complementary but deepens and expands our service portfolio. Now that this transaction is complete, we have added four data centers, with nearly 20,000 square feet of space, to our 11 existing, strategically located facilities. In addition, ColoSpace’s expertise in cloud and managed IT services will enhance our capabilities to the benefit of our customers.”

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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“Now that this transaction is complete, we have added four data centers, with nearly 20,000 square feet of space, to our 11 existing, strategically located facilities,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. 

FirstLight Fiber has been building and operating its own fiber optic network for 20 years now. With an expert team, FirstLight serves the networking needs of U.S. telecommunications providers, CLECs, and leading enterprises, including healthcare organizations, high tech manufacturing and research facilities, financial institutions, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public safety agencies, as well as local and state governments.

All ColoSpace data centers are SSAE16 certified, PCI, and HIPAA compliant. Their services include data center colocation, backup and storage, disaster recovery, managed security, infrastructure monitoring, and enterprise cloud hosting solutions.

“Since founding ColoSpace nearly 20 years ago, we have been singularly focused on delivering high quality, innovative solutions to our customers,” said Aaron D. Sawchuk, Co-Founder & Chairman, who will remain with the organization to help lead the company’s data center/cloud business. “As enterprise cloud adoption continues to accelerate exponentially, comprehensive IT solutions coupled with scalable, low latency connectivity has become increasingly important to our clients. FirstLight, with its unparalleled fiber network and communications capabilities, is the ideal organization to enable our clients to benefit from these technology trends.”

“We are excited about the possibilities this transaction creates for FirstLight,” said Patrick Coughlin, Chief Development Officer for FirstLight. “Massachusetts is an area that we have been focused on continuing to grow as a result of our previous acquisition of 186 Communications. Leveraging ColoSpace’s history of success in this state will accelerate that growth.”

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