Schneider Electric Acquires U.S. Data Center Service Bureau

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-07 Print this article Print

Lee Technologies specializes in 24/7-type data center services, such as remote monitoring command centers and on-site critical facility operations.

International energy management giant Schneider Electric, which supplies power-control products and services for thousands of IT systems, on April 5 acquired Lee Technologies, a services bureau for North American data centers.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Lee Technologies, based in Fairfax, Va., specializes in 24/7-type data center services, such as  remote monitoring command centers and on-site critical facility operations. It specializes in customer segments that include federal government, financial services, telecommunications, information technology and health care. Lee has about 300 employees and in 2010 generated sales of about $140 million.

Schneider is joining a spate of other companies from peripheral data center-related markets that are getting into data center management. Others in this category include Cisco Systems (originally networking), Iron Mountain Digital (data archiving) and Emerson's Avocent (IT consulting).

With the new acquisition, France-based Schneider Electric obtains new capabilities in general consulting, site assessment, design, equipment specification and selection to integration, commissioning, facility operations staffing, maintenance and proactive 24/7 remote monitoring.

This full slate of services will bolster Schneider Electric's IT business skills in data center management, Laurent Vernerey, executive vice president of Schneider Electric IT business, said.

The data center segment has been one of the world's fastest growing users of energy for the last decade.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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