Claranet buys UK cloud-computing firm Star for £55m

Service provider Claranet has bought UK-based Star in order to be able to offer a wider range of cloud-integrated products to its customers.

European managed service provider Claranet has acquired UK cloud-computing firm Star as it looks to expand its core businesses.

The £55m purchase of STH Limited, and its subsidiary Star, will result in Claranet being able to offer a wider product portfolio that ranges "from the datacentre to the desktop", according to the company.

"From a market and customer perspective, this is a great opportunity to bring together experience and resources to deliver a broader service portfolio," Charles Nasser, chief executive of the Claranet Group, said in a statement on Friday.

"This announcement confirms our ambition to become the clear European leader in the delivery of managed services," he added.

Claranet helps companies manage IT infrastructure by designing and implementing hosting, network and applications services. Meanwhile, Star provides cloud-computing services, specifically tailored to medium-sized businesses.

Star customers will be able to use Claranet's pan-European Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, Virtual Data Centre, as well as managed application hosting services. Star's expertise in unified communications, remote desktop and advanced security services will be added to Claranet's existing service portfolio.

"Star is a leader in providing managed services in the UK and therefore a natural fit for Claranet," said Michel Robert, managing director of Claranet UK.

The company will operate under the Claranet brand and aims to turn over revenues of £120m. The purchase will see 700 staff serve over 4,500 customers in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.