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Navantis gets acquired by American MSP

For a very long time Navantis was a darling of the channel community winning multiple CDN Channel Elite Awards and rising quickly up the Top 100 list. Navantis has always been tied to Microsoft Canada and in 2012 it captured the prestigious Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award.

And, as a darling of the IT channel in Canada for close to 20 years, the Toronto-based company had many suitors come and go.

Today, Navantis finally choose one in Datavail, a Broomfield, Colo.-based (Denver) managed services provider of data and database administration.

Andy Papadopoulos

Navantis CEO Andy Papadopoulos told CDN that not much will change for Navantis. The company will continue to operate under the Navantis brand, but will be known as a Datavail company.

Papadopoulos stays on as CEO. The leadership team is on board as well as all the Navantis employees in Canada and in Sri Lanka.

What does change is that Navantis will now be able to draw on more resources through Datavail. This deal also boosts Navantis’ sales and marketing footprint.

Papadopoulos said this deal is a great fit for both organizations as now the company gets application and data services expertise from Datavail.

Datavail manages the data services on premise and in the cloud for customers in 28 U.S. States and five countries.

This acquisition of Navantis was spurred on by a $47 million round of capital funding. That same money enabled Datavail to acquire Art of BI, an Oracle BI consultancy last summer.

Scott Frock, COO of Datavail, said the company is excited to welcome Navantis to the Datavail team. Frock called Navantis’ reputation in the Microsoft space as “unparalleled”.

Combined the Datavail/Navantis team is more than 850 employees and the plan going forward is to expand on its Microsoft competences.

Mark Perlstein is Datavail’s CEO; a company established in 2007 today has expertise in remote database administration services, offering around the clock managed database services, database design, architecture, and staffing. Datavail also specializes in Oracle, Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB, DB2 and SharePoint. DevOps is another important aspect of Datavail’s business as they have a development, tuning and automation practice.

Navantis was founded by Jason Martin and John Kvasnic in 1998. The two executives help build the solution provider into organization of 350 people. The company has been a long time member of the CDN Top 100 Solution Providers list. It placed No. 52 last year with revenues between $25 to $30 million.