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Claranet bolsters application management options with Ardenta buy

Just a week after it acquired a French MSP Claranet is acquiring again as it forks out for a UK e-commerce player

The words ‘Claranet’ and ‘acquisition' tend to be used together with the managed service specialist making its fifth purchase in the space of a year.

Throughout its expansion the strategy has always been to bring on board additional skills that add weight to its managed services and cloud capabilities.

The same is true again with the move to buy, for an undisclosed sum, Ardenta a chance to add some depth with the addition of e-commerce system management expertise, supporting websites that experience high volumes of traffic and transactions.

Ardenta is a uK based outfit that has built up a strong reputation in the e-commerce world, particularly with media and e-gaming firms. It has revenues in the region of £6m and can boast of the BBC, ITV Ladbrokes and William Hill being among its customers.

The two co-founders of the firm, Neil Truby and Dcott Hanson, will work alongside Claranet’s management to integrate the business, which will now add to the managed service player’s application management options.

Claranet’s recent expansion

July 2016 - acquires French managed services player Diademys
February 2016 - acquires Warrington-based Bashton limited to gain public cloud expertise
December 2015 - Claranet France brings a three month buying spree to a conclusion having added hosting providers Aspaway, Runiso and Morea
July 2015 - acquires open source specialist LinuxIT and business continuity and disaster recovery specialist Techgate 
June 2014 - Claranet shakes up its management team appointing Martin Suanders into the newly created role of corporate development director with a remit that include a focus on acquisitions​

“Ardenta’s experience with e-commerce systems and database management will complement our in-house expertise, leading to new and improved services for our customers,” said Michel Robert, Claranet’s UK managing director.

“This acquisition represents the latest in a line of strategically-important deals that we’ve made over the past two years across Europe,” he added.

The recent deal to acquire French MSP Diademys, last week, indicates that the acquisitions continue to stack up and have now helped the Claranet Group hit revenues of £200m.

Truly, co-founder and managing director of Ardenta, said that the acquisition would give the firm the chance to be part of a larger pan-European operation.

“The move will allow us to capitalise on the economies of scale that moving into a larger company affords. Our customers will benefit from one of the widest portfolio of integrated IT services anywhere in Europe, as well as the considerable expertise accrued from Claranet’s 20 year history,” he said. 

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