Empyrean Inc. announced today the acquisition of A5.com. A5.com has been in business for over 10 years serving the Central Illinois and Midwest markets for data centers, WAN management and disaster recovery. Empyrean Inc. is the latest venture of Steve Hope. Hope’s other businesses include Office Automation Systems, Limited and CIAN, Inc.- both nationally recognized IT companies. CIAN specializes in IT security services, and Office Automation Systems, Limited is an IT consulting firm.
Changes at A5.com will be minimal. “The crew that runs the data center has been doing so for years. They are professionals and know the clients, services, and technology inside and out-their knowledge and skills are an imperative piece of the A5 puzzle,” says Empyrean owner Steve Hope. Additionally, he has decided to keep the name A5.com since it is so well known in the area and has particular significance to the staff. A5.com’s staff will also be augmented by security and IT specialists from Hope’s other companies. A5.com’s product and service offering is not going to change at this time. However, infrastructure improvements slated for the company will provide better and more secure service for its clients.
By the end of 2011, Empyrean plans to bring A5.com up to Tier 3 data center status. Having this classification would mean that the entire A5 facility is fully-redundant and concurrently maintainable and would give A5 the honor of being the first Tier 3 data center in Central Illinois. Additionally, A5.com is scheduled to receive a SAS 70 audit and certification. Passing this audit represents that services provided by A5.com have met the standards put forth by an in-depth audit of control objectives and activities. Hope also expects to introduce cloud computing as one of its core services.