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Claranet acquires Dutch Cloud Services Provider NovaData

by david.nunes

Claranet acquires Dutch Cloud Services Provider NovaData


– Deal cements Claranet’s position as the largest provider of cloud services to the mid-market in Western Europe

– NovaData is latest in a series of acquisitions by Claranet in the UK and mainland Europe in the last 18 months


Claranet, one of Europe’s leading independent managed services providers, has acquired Dutch cloud services provider NovaData, as part of its continued expansion across Western Europe, creating the largest cloud services provider to the mid-market in the region. The acquisition of NovaData, which has annual revenues of €7 million (£5.7 million), strengthens Claranet’s position as the leading provider of managed hosting and application management services in The Netherlands.

Founded in 2008 and located in Eindhoven, NovaData is an IT services firm focused on mid-sized and large businesses and institutions. With a range of services that broaden and complement Claranet’s existing portfolio, NovaData is a natural partner for Claranet. Customers in the region will benefit from the expertise of both companies and from a combined and expanded services portfolio. NovaData’s customer base comes from a wide range of industry sectors such as healthcare, business services and manufacturing.

A success story in the European technology market, Claranet has continued to grow from strength to strength since it was founded in 1996. Recently, the business has seen a period of rapid growth, with NovaData the latest in a wave of acquisitions made by the company over the last 18 months – with Star in the UK (November 2012), Typhon in France (December 2012), Echiron in Portugal (February 2014) and Grita in France (March 2014).

Charles Nasser, CEO of the Claranet Group, commented: “The acquisition is part of Claranet’s overall growth strategy, allowing us to expand our teams and our service offerings rapidly. NovaData is the third acquisition we’ve made in 2014 – which confirms our ambition to become the leading independent provider of managed services in Europe. Already a ‘leader’ in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting, the acquisition of Novadata strengthens our managed hosting and managed applications portfolio in The Netherlands.”

Ruud Joosten, Managing Director of Claranet Benelux BV, said: “We have been in discussion with NovaData about this acquisition for some time. By joining together two highly successful service providers that have collaborated together on several customer projects already, we expect our customers to benefit from our enlarged portfolios immediately.”

“The combination of Claranet and NovaData, creates new opportunities for our customers, our partners and our employees,” said Bert Verhoeff, MD and founder of NovaData. “They will all benefit from Claranet’s pan-European operations, its strong financial footing, and an expanded services portfolio,” he added.

As a result of this latest acquisition, the Claranet Group will have annual revenues in excess of €160 million (£135 million), circa 800 employees, over 4,500 customers and operations in 6 European countries (France, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal).

About Claranet

Founded in 1996, Claranet has evolved from being a pioneering ISP (Internet Service Provider) into one of the leading independent MSPs (Managed Services Provider) in Europe, offering businesses integrated network and hosting services. It was recently recognised as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting (2013).

The company has annual revenues in excess of €160 million (£135 million), over 800 employees, and an international footprint in six countries. While Claranet has grown internationally, the focus has always been on local service, out of local offices, using local data centres. The company completed acquisitions in late 2012 of Star (in the UK), Typhon (in France), CGEST (in Portugal) and more recently in 2014, Echiron (in Portugal), Grita (in France) and NovaData (in The Netherlands).


Claranet brings together the best people, process and technology to provide flexible, secure and cost-effective managed services that guarantee network and application performance. We allow customers to focus on their core business, not IT management.



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