Claranet expands into the managed hosting market by buying Artful S.A. in France

Artful, a leading provider of managed hosting services in France is delighted to announce that it has joined the Claranet Group, Europe's largest private provider of IP services.

With over 180 000 business customers and revenues in excess of 120 millions Euros across seven countries, Claranet strengthens its position as a European leader in IP services and particularly in outsourced managed hosting.

Founded in 1997 Artful, based in Rennes, has become a leader in managing business critical hosted applications covering databases, intranets, extranets, web sites and enterprise systems including Citrix and Oracle. The company boasts an impressive customer list including Universal Music, Airbus, Veolia environment, Olympique de Marseille, Vivendi Universal, L'occitane and Sojasun.

With this strategic acquisition the Claranet Group allows Artful to strengthen its technical offering and expand its portfolio of services across Europe to improve the service it gives its customers. said Olivier Beaudet, managing director of Artful

Artful and Claranet's customers will benefit from a larger infrastructure with increased investment in developing and managing complex solutions across the group.

Claranet continues to develop its value added offering to deliver leading IP solutions and make sure its customers have access to the industry's best technologies. The acquisition of Artful is in line with our strategy of expanding our portfolio of services and build on the group's revenues and profits. said Nicolas Prouteau, managing director of Claranet France