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Involta buys Coralville-based BluPrairie

The Marion location for Involta, Photographed Thursday May 12, 2011. (Becky Malewitz/The Gazette)
The Marion location for Involta, Photographed Thursday May 12, 2011. (Becky Malewitz/The Gazette)

Involta, the Cedar Rapids-based information technology and consulting company, has purchased BluPrairie in Coralville.

In a statement Wednesday, Involta CEO Bruce Lehrman said the deal will give Involta more services to provide to clients.

“Our collective goal is to enable clients to move away from IT urgent care to IT wellness and be proactive versus reactive,” he said.

BluPrairie, which has 12 employees, primarily offers cloud-based internet management along with design and consulting services. BluPrairie CEO Michelle Bates will become Involta’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Involta spokesman Chris Massey said the acquisition is part of Involta’s plan to become a “hybrid IT” company to give clients support on computer equipment they own and on information they may have on their own private cloud servers or a public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services.

“It’s not just providing those data center services, but all of the services that surround the cloud-type technology, the stuff that’s in another facility,” he said.

Massey declined to say how much the deal was worth. He said it’s still to be determined if the Coralville operations would be moved to Cedar Rapids.

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Involta most recently purchased Dallas-based Kadium, a software and technology development company, last December.

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