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West Acquires Smoothstone IP Communications

The deal expands West's cloud-based unified communications and VoIP solutions portfolio.
Posted Apr 21, 2011
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West yesterday acquired Smoothstone IP Communications, a provider of cloud-based communications solutions for the enterprise, for approximately $120 million. The deal adds to West's expanding unified communications business.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Smoothstone will become a part of West’s Unified Communications operating segment. Smoothstone will continue to offer its full portfolio of applications and services, which exist in the cloud and are delivered through a software-as-a-service model.

"Smoothstone's expertise at delivering cloud-based unified communications solutions is unrivaled," said Todd Strubbe, president of West's Unified Communications operating segment. "By leveraging Smoothstone's unique solution portfolio and the benefits of the cloud-based services delivery model, our clients will be able to focus on business initiatives that help drive their competitive advantage rather than on evolving IT infrastructure."

“Smoothstone has developed cloud-based solutions that enable enterprises to migrate from legacy infrastructures to next generation applications and services, including application-aware MPLS networks, VoIP services, unified threat management, unified messaging, mobile integration, and advanced contact center solutions,” said Jeff Wellemeyer, co-founder and president of Smoothstone. “Our focus has always been on providing enterprise clients with a breadth of solutions and a level of service that they are simply not able to get from any other provider. We are pleased to be joining the West family of companies as we share a common passion for delivering exceptional service to clients. Our team and I look forward to continuing to serve clients and grow this business.”

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