3Sixty Holdings Acquires Hosting Pioneer AIS Network

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AIS Network, a 17-year-old, Chicago-based pioneer in managed hosting, has been acquired by a Washington-based holding company specializing in hosting and other information technology industry companies. Executives Kurt Baumann and Jay Atkinson take the helm.

Washington business strategist Jay Atkinson has become the new chief executive of AIS Network, a Chicago-based pioneer in managed hosting.

"Unlike so many other managed hosting companies, it’s not about cutting corners in a massive land grab for more customers. Everything AIS Network does for its clients has a personal touch, and our vision is to continue that level of service...."

3Sixty Holdings, LLC, a technology-focused holding company formed by several private equity investors, today announced it has acquired AIS Network Corporation, a leading managed and cloud hosting provider, from founder and president Daniel Lundahl. Long-time Internet executive Kurt Baumann has been appointed chairman of the company, while financial strategist Jay Atkinson will become its chief executive.

Headquartered in Chicago, the 17-year-old AIS Network is recognized as a pioneer in managed hosting technologies. Lundahl will remain president of AIS Network’s midwest operations and will retain a significant equity stake in the company. AIS Network will open a new East Coast sales office in Reston, VA, which is part of the Washington, DC, metro area.

"We are exceptionally proud of AIS Network’s longevity and achievements over the years and we believe 3Sixty Holdings' relevant experience, institutional support and financial capital will expedite our plans for growth while dramatically enhancing the world class services and products that we provide," said Lundahl.

The deal, which helps AIS Network expand its infrastructure, support and cloud computing services and sales capabilities, demonstrates continuing interest in the growing managed hosting sector from private equity investors.

“Because nothing irritates us more than low-brow products and bad client service, we were looking to acquire a highly successful company that has integrity, a high-end product and a strong service culture,” said Atkinson.

“AIS Network fits the bill on all these levels. Mr. Lundahl’s approach to client support impressed us immediately. His team treats the customer as No. 1. Unlike so many other managed hosting companies, it’s not about cutting corners in a massive land grab for more customers. Everything AIS Network does for its clients has a personal touch, and our vision is to continue that level of service while promoting world-class innovation.”

The dynamic team of Baumann and Atkinson adds significant breadth of experience to the AIS Network executive team. Baumann’s long career in the international high tech industry includes responsibility for founding the first ISP in Japan and also InterCon Systems—the leading producer of enterprise Internet software for the Macintosh – which PSINet bought in 1995. More recently, with the founding of Kadoo, he became an early player in cloud hosting technologies. Atkinson, a former finalist for Virginia Business “CFO of the Year,” is a successful entrepreneur and financial strategist who has advised companies across various commercial sectors on growth opportunities and strategic repositioning.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This is the first acquisition for 3Sixty, which was founded last year by an elite group of private equity investors. 3Sixty’s strategy is to invest in North American IT infrastructure companies positioned to meet demand for managed hosting, cloud computing, co-location and disaster recovery services.

For information: http://www.3Sixtyholdings.com or http://www.aisn.net
Contact: laurie(dot)head(at)aisn(dot)net
Phone: 301-523-3165

About 3Sixty Holdings, LLC
3Sixty Holdings, LLC, was formed by Internet and technology company veterans to find well-run, profitable, customer-focused hosting and hosting-related companies for which their management expertise and experience could be leveraged. 3Sixty Holding’s first acquisition, AIS Network, was targeted given its reputation, solid business practices and superior customer service. AIS Network will be the foundation for growth through further acquisition in this industry. Visit http://www.3Sixtyholdings.com.

About AIS Network, LLC
AIS Network frees organizations from buying and hassling with servers, so those companies can run their business more efficiently. AIS Network clients no longer maintain applications servers in their office, because we secure and care for those servers 24x7x365 in a world-class, disaster-resistant facility and ensure their capacity grows with the client’s business. Fully managed hosting is what we do best, and AIS Network has been delivering it in the form of managed, cloud and email hosting since 1993. Unlike most hosting companies, AIS Network, a SAS 70-certified organization, personalizes client service at every level, inspiring full confidence that mission-critical data, applications and email are in reliable hands. Visit http://www.aisn.net.

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