GCI Invests in Alaska-Based Cloud Services with Purchase of NBS

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer  |  August 11, 2015

Those who follow the cloud business sector know that the uses for the technology are only getting bigger and more dependable as we move further into the 21st century. Whether talking about allowing firms to run a contact center through the cloud, or handle a business’ entire telephony network the cloud is becoming a technology that most companies cannot do without. This is one of the reasons that General Communications Inc. (GCI (News - Alert)) has announced that it has doubled down on its investment in cloud services located in Alaska.

"We strive to bring our business customers state-of-the-art IT options at the best value," Greg Pearce, vice president of business services for GCI said in a recent statement. "More and more businesses are realizing that cloud services are the best option for data storage, processing and security.”

The increased investment in cloud services has taken the form of purchasing Network Business Systems (NBS (News - Alert)). The acquisition was officially closed on August, 6 and according to GCI, all the employees for NBS have been offered a chance to stay on with the firm if they want to keep their jobs. GCI clearly believes that taking over the smaller firm will bring a number of different employees that will add to the expertise of the firm’s cloud services portfolio.

The team that is being absorbed is one that has provided IT solutions to Alaska businesses for almost 30 years. Over those three decades the firm has worked with some of the biggest tech companies in the world. NBS has had partnerships with companies like NetApp, Microsoft, Cisco (News - Alert) and Hewlett Packard. Those relationships will certainly be coming along into the fold and that makes the firm that much more attractive when talking about the intangibles that are being acquired along with the company.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino