Claranet acquires Star

Claranet acquires Star

Late last week, Claranet announced the £55 million acquisition of hosting provider Star, in a move to create the largest mid-market provider of integrated hosting and network services in the UK and continental Europe.

Operating under the Claranet brand, the expanded company will produce revenues of over £120 million, circa 700 staff, over 4,500 customers, with operations in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Claranet's customers will include Airbus, Amnesty International, Care UK, Channel 5, Veolia, Signet, CSH, IRIS, DeVere Hotels and Richmond Events.

The two companies combined product portfolios will be hugely complimentary and will open up interesting and innovative new services to our customers and partners. While Claranet have in recent times concentrated on our award-winning IaaS, Virtual Data Centre, Star's push has been on unified communications, remote desktop and security services.

News of Claranet’s acquisition resulted in blanket coverage across all major technology and channel publications, including The Register, ZDNet, CRN, TechCrunch, CBR, Datacenter Dynamics , Information Age and Cloud Pro. The acquisition has been widely applauded, with The Register suggesting, ‘the fragmented mid-market MSP space is ripe for consolidation…’

On the analyst front, the response has likewise been positive, with Clive Longbottom, Quocirca, immediately tweeting ‘Claranet acquires Star - the emergence of new managed systems and hosting heavyweight in Europe?’ Kate Hanaghan, research director for infrastructure services at TechMarketView, added, ‘the increased scale and broadened range of offerings makes this a logical move. And it's good timing too as the number of buyers in the mid-market looking to either farm out in-house infrastructure services to a third party, or drop incumbent suppliers for a more flexible and cost effective as-a-service approach, just keeps on growing.’

Certainly this is an exciting time for Claranet, and for all the latest news and opinion be sure to follow the Claranet blog.

Written by Michel Robert - Managing Director

Michel has worked in senior roles across Europe and the US and has more than 12 years’ experience in the IT industry. Michel joined Claranet UK as Managing Director in July 2007. Before joining Claranet UK, Michel was the Solution Director at Dimension Data, where he was responsible for the business development and marketing of Dimension Data's technology portfolio across Europe.