Why SMS and Curvature Merged.
SMS Systems Maintenance Services, Inc., a global market leader in IT data center lifecycle services, and Curvature LLC, the industry leader in new and pre-owned network hardware and IT infrastructure services, merged to Enable IT Freedom to our customers so that they can invest more time and resources in pursuing technology and business innovations, and get game-changing benefits with minimal disruption to existing IT environments.
With highly complementary product and service portfolios that serve adjacent market segments, the combined company provides a broad range of IT networking and data center services, products and solutions to organizations of all sizes around the world. With over 2,000 employees, the combined company is committed to accelerating innovation in its client solutions across both hardware and service offerings.
SMS' and Curvature's capabilities have been recognized by diversified customers worldwide and leading industry analyst firms. In March 2016, both organizations were independently identified as “Top Performers” in a competitive landscape report issued by Gartner, entitled, “Leveraging Third-Party Maintenance Providers for Data Center and Network Maintenance Cost Optimization, North America.”1
Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager and majority shareholder of SMS | Curvature on behalf of its clients, is supporting the merger. "SMS and Curvature are highly complementary to each other and there is significant industrial logic in their combination,” said Joel Schwartz, partner and head of private equity Americas at Partners Group. “We believe this merger creates the 'category killer' in IT asset lifecycle services, with a global platform and best-in-class service and hardware offerings, as well as expertise across network, server and storage devices.”
Founded in 1981, SMS is a leading global provider of IT data center lifecycle services. Recognized for thought leadership and cutting-edge services, the company’s mission is “Enabling IT Freedom” for its clients, empowering them to make the most productive use of their IT assets, with utter reliability. A globally deployed team of field engineers and central engineering experts deliver best-in-class services to help customers migrate their businesses into the future while keeping pace with the ever-evolving IT industry.
Curvature is transforming how companies procure, maintain and upgrade IT equipment and support for multi-vendor network and data center environments. Founded in 1986, the company has become a trusted strategic partner for more than 10,000 organizations globally, including some of the largest telecommunications carriers, top financial services firms and Global 1000 organizations. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., the company specializes in delivering 24X7 global technical support, advanced hardware replacement, and complete lifecycle management of networking, server and storage equipment from corporate locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
 Gartner, "Competitive Landscape: Leveraging Third-Party Maintenance Providers for Data Center and Network Maintenance Cost Optimization, North America." [ID G00294372, Christine Tenneson, March 17, 2016]