Saturday, November 25, 2017

Claranet expands public cloud footprint to Italy

New Italian region is the company’s first organic expansion since the launch of Claranet France in 1998 and Claranet Germany in 2000.

Managed services provider Claranet has entered the Italian cloud and hosting space with the creation of a legal and operational entity, Claranet Italy.

The public cloud unit will be based in Milan, close to other cloud companies including Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

The company said the launch of Claranet Italy was driven by growing demand for managed public cloud solutions in the Italian market.

Claranet Italy will have its own senior management team and its own operational and commercial teams.

Fabrice Tetu, former CEO of French managed services provider Diademys, which Claranet acquired last year, has been tasked with the set-up and expansion of Claranet Italy in the country.

Claranet Italy is the first organic expansion for the Claranet Group since the launch of Claranet France in 1998 and Claranet Germany in 2000.

The company has over the last few years been more focused in an M&A expansion roadmap which resulted in 17 acquisitions across Europe in the last five years.

The most recent expansion was in December 2016, when the company acquired Brazilian cloud services provider CredibiliT Tecnologia.

Charles Nasser, CEO of the Claranet Group, said: “Claranet Italy underscores Claranet’s intent to accelerate our geographic expansion and reinforces Claranet’s leading position in the European hosting market.

“The opening of Claranet Italy will help us further support the needs of our customers who have a foothold in Italy and allow us to generate new business in the country more effectively.”

Fabrice Tetu, Managing Director of Claranet Italy, said: “By building our own team of Italian public cloud experts, we will ensure a closer understanding with our Italian customers, which will, in turn, help them do amazing things.”

Claranet has annual revenues of over £215m, employs more than 1,250 staff and works with over 5,800 customers across the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Brazil.