Verizon has agreed to acquire IT and cloud services company Terremark Worldwide for a price of $19 per share, a total equity value of $1.4 billion.
Terremark, which controls 13 data centers throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America, will operate as a subsidiary of Verizon, retaining its own name and management team.

Goldman Sachs and Weil, Gotshal & Manges represented Verizon in the deal, and Terremark was represented by Credit Suisse Securities and Greenberg Traurig.

Verizon is hoping the Terremark acquisition will be a keystone in its “everything-as-a-service” cloud strategy, in which it plans to provide its enterprise and government customers “a powerful portfolio of highly secure, scalable on-demand solutions… through a unified enterprise IT platform and unique business cloud offerings that leverage the companies’ collective strengths,” according to a release sent out today.

The goal is to be able to offer customers business intelligence and collaboration tools anytime, anywhere and on any kind of connected device.