Symantec has agreed to acquire the UK based professional services firm, Company-i.

The security organisation announced today that it has agreed to buy the London based firm as part of its global consulting business. The Company-i group will join Symantec's Global Services organisation, in the EMEA services team and initially focus on UK based clients.

Company-i provides IT infrastructure services and Symantec believes the acquisition will further its Global Services capability and provide assistance to clients in the financial services industry, in architecting and running the IT infrastructure of data centres, whilst also reducing operational risks.

Greg Hughes, executive vice president, Global Services at Symantec said: "Company-i's consultants understand the data centre. They help large enterprises reduce IT risk and costs by reducing infrastructure complexity, improving service management, and increasing automation."

Mark Pennycook, CEO at Company-i said: "Symantec's Global Services strategy around managing IT risk makes them a trusted advisor for addressing critical data centre challenges. Symantec is an ideal environment for our professionals to continue focusing on our clients' needs and priorities."

The transaction is expected to close in the following weeks.