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Claranet acquires Dutch cloud provider NovaData

Managed hosting provider Claranet has acquired Netherlands-based cloud firm NovaData to expand its services portfolio

Managed hosting provider Claranet has acquired Netherlands-based cloud service provider NovaData to expand its services portfolio.

The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NovaData, which has annual revenue of €7m (£5.7m), serves customers in the healthcare, business services and manufacturing sectors.

This is Claranet’s third acquisition in Europe this year, after it bought Portugal's Echiron in February and France's Grita in March.

Earlier, Claranet consolidated its datacentre portfolio to 20 facilities after acquiring the UK’s Star Technology for £55m. Star’s customers now benefit from Claranet’s pan-European IaaS (information as a service) offering, virtual datacentre and application-hosting services.  

Claranet is positioned in the “Leader” segment of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for managed hosting services, and the acquisition will strengthen its managed hosting and managed applications portfolio in The Netherlands, said Claranet chief executive Charles Nasser.

Earlier this year, Claranet reported a 47% rise in annual sales across Europe to £103m, reflecting both the growing strength of hosted services and its past acquisitions. 

At that time, Nasser said: “We are seeing a rapidly maturing cloud services market that is consolidating towards a smaller number of regional players at the mid-market level.” He added that Claranet may look to acquire as part of its growth strategy.

After the NovaData deal, Claranet Group’s annual revenues will be more than €160m (£135m), and it will have over 4,500 customers across six European countries. Its customers include Airbus, Veolia and De Vere Hotels.

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