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Claranet continues to build cloud capabilities

Claranet has made its third acquisition in six months as it continues to bolster its ability to provide managed services in public cloud environments

It has been six months since managed services player Claranet added to its portfolio with a couple of acquisitions and it has been at it again strengthening its DevOps capabilities.

The firm has picked up Warrington-based Bashton Limited, for an undisclosed sum, and will use the additional expertise to improve its own public cloud offering.

Bashton has a background working with AWS and should complement the deals Claranet sealed for LinuxIT and Techgate last summer.

"Bashton was a natural company to join Claranet and follows a number of strategically-important acquisitions we have made in the past year across Europe to enhance our public cloud capabilities. The development of managed services on third-party clouds is a key focus for Claranet, and the skills and experience brought by Bashton go a long way to helping us to manage more complex applications in these environments," said Michel Robert, Claranet UK managing director.

"As cloud adoption increases, the real value we can add as a managed services provider is in our expertise, tooling and automation capabilities, such as those offered by Bashton. We are therefore focused on further developing our advanced hosting capabilities to streamline our customers’ operations and underpin the evolution of our managed application hosting services," he added.

Bashton has a fairly impressive customer list already using its DevOps expertise to add code updates to their web applications, including ITV, Odeon, BBC Worldwide and Virgin Holidays.

Adding Bashton to the Group now takes Claranet's annial revenues to £165m with more than 1,000 staff spread across offices in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.

Sam Bashton, Bashton’s founder and director, said that Claranet understood the challenges in the market and already had a Cloud Connect service that worked with AWS environments.

"I am very confident that Bashton customers will benefit from Claranet’s capabilities. I’m especially pleased to be joining Claranet to help strengthen and contribute to the future development of its public cloud capabilities," he said.

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