CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hosted Solutions added clam chowder and a Boston-based brew to the menu for a networking event at its Charlotte data center on Thursday night. The reason for the menu changes came clear about midway through the evening.

Gary McAuliffe, general manager of the Charlotte office since it opened and a four-year member of the management team at Hosted, told the crowd of about 100 people that Hosted Solutions had acquired a data center operator in Boston.

Hosted Solutions played host to “The Exchange”, a quarterly networking event for business executives put on by WRAL Local Tech Wire. Other participants included Level 3 Communications, SANDirect, Hitachi, and BusinessWire.

McAuliffe will soon move to Boston to run the former Boston Datacenters operation as vice president and general manager.

The move gives Hosted, which is based in the Triangle, four data centers, including one in Cary and another in Raleigh. The New England acquisition is the five-year-old company’s first deal outside of North Carolina.

“The technology community in Boston is really expanding,” McAuliffe said. “They are really coming back (from the “dot com” crash). We’re excited to be entering that market.”

Hosted Solutions, which is privately held, did not disclose financial details of the deal. Hosted moved to acquire Boston Datacenters after executives of the two firms were introduced through a “mutual relationship,” McAuliffe said.

The move not only puts Hosted Solution in a growing economic environment but also expands the company’s geographic footprint, McAuliffe added.

“Obviously, this gives us good physical diversity,” he explained. “Some of our customers were looking for diversity beyond the Carolinas.”

Hosted Solutions will absorb all 20 of Boston Datacenters employees and will soon expand the staff, McAuliffe added. Boston Datacenters, which actually is located in nearby Charlestown, has some 500 customers.

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