Omaha-based data center provider Cosentry is expanding to its fifth market with the acquisition of data center provider Red Anvil in Milwaukee, the firm said Wednesday.

Cosentry will further expand the Milwaukee facility in the first half of 2015 by building a new data center there. Cosentry also said it would make new investments in Red Anvil’s existing sales and marketing efforts.

Cosentry said it would bring its other services — including disaster recovery, colocation and cloud services, and managed hosting — to the market. Cosentry’s services allow local businesses to outsource their data and IT needs.

Cosentry now has nine data centers and 240 employees. Other centers are in Bellevue; Papillion; Lenexa, Kansas; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Milwaukee center will be connected to the others to provide data backup and disaster recovery services.

It’s the second acquisition this year; in January Cosentry acquired Xiolink, St. Louis’ largest provider of managed data hosting services and data center colocation.

Red Anvil chief executive officer Neil Biondich said in a statement: "The combination of our services and customer support will enable our region’s businesses to take advantage of world-class business continuity, cloud, colocation and managed IT services right from their own hometown."

Cosentry had 2013 revenue of $34.4 million, according to its ranking on the Inc. 5000 list. The business was founded in Omaha and in 2001 opened its first data center in Bellevue. Private equity firm TA Associates acquired the company in 2011.

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