Bytes hungry for more buys

Looking at storage and virtualisation


Bytes Technology group has signalled its intent to continue acquiring to fill out the holes in its portfolio.

The Surrey-based Microsoft and Xerox house last week signed off the purchase of Security Partnerships (SP) for an undisclosed sum following a three-year break from acquisitions.

But group MD Neil Murphy told The Reg that Bytes plans to splash out again, "certainly within six to nine months" and is eyeing up targets.

"Storage and virtualisation are growing parts of the market," said Murphy. "Ideally we are looking for bigger acquisitions than the one we just made, but SP was a good fit".

Reading-based SP peddles perimeter and data security, both on-premise and cloud versions, and Bytes reckons the deal will help it clamber up the technical pole with Microsoft.

"SP can help us with Microsoft ForeFront and security specialisations that we probably wouldn't be able to get on our own," he said.

Microsoft has tied partner accreditation to specialisations in a revamp last October of the Gold partner programme, and these are a pre-requisite for partners to become authorised and receive rebates. ®

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