Ingram Micro Boosts Cloud Profile With Ensim Buy


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Tech distributor Ingram Micro has a deal in place to acquire privately held, San Jose, California-based Ensim, which enables distribution of cloud applications.

Ingram Micro's Jason BystrakThe transaction, which is subject to the approval of Ensim shareholders and other customary closing conditions, is expected to wrap in the next 30 days. This comes after the news in February that Ingram Micro is being acquired by Chinese aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group for about $6 billion in cash.

Jason Bystrak, Ingram Micro Cloud’s executive director, tells Channel Partners the Ensim acquisition is an “exciting addition to the Ingram Micro ecosystem of cloud and will expand our ability to help channel partners bring cloud services to businesses of all sizes.”

“This is a great next step for Ensim and brings complementary platform functionality to Ingram Micro in general and our ecosystem of cloud specifically,” he said.

Ensim comes to the table with its own set of partners and customers, he said. It has more than 5 million seats deployed globally and is used by more than 20,000 organizations through service providers, system integrators, MSPs and resellers.{ad}a

“Ultimately, Ensim channel partners will have the opportunity to leverage Ingram Micro’s growing ecosystem of cloud, which includes the Cloud Marketplace and new platforms and programs being announced next week at our Ingram Micro Cloud Summit,” Bystrak said. (Editor’s Note: Channel Partners will be reporting from the Cloud Summit, April 12-13.)

Ensim provides offerings to automate onboarding, orchestration, provisioning and management of users and organizations with business applications, services and infrastructure in private, public and hybrid clouds.

“This is a superb next step for Ensim and we expect to leverage the financial strength, brand recognition and global infrastructure of Ingram Micro to further speed the growth of our business,” said David Wippich, Ensim’s CEO. “Our customers and employees will benefit from this union and we are excited to partner with Ingram Micro.”

Following the close of the HNA Group transaction, which is expected in the second half of 2016, Ingram Micro will operate as a subsidiary of Tianjin Tianhai, consolidated under HNA Group. A Hainan-based Fortune Global 500 enterprise group and a leader in aviation, tourism and logistics, HNA Group is Tianjin Tianhai’s largest stockholder.

All Ingram Micro lines of business, and all regional and country operations are expected to continue unaffected.

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