Claranet extends its European footprint to Italy

The move marks Claranet’s entry into two new markets in recent months following the acquisition of CredibilIT in Brazil

Claranet, a leading European managed services provider, has today announced the launch of a new legal and operational entity, Claranet Italy. Claranet Italy has been established in response to a growing demand for managed public cloud solutions in the Italian market and will be focused solely on public cloud services.

The opening of Claranet Italy comes shortly after Claranet’s expansion into the Brazilian market with the purchase of public cloud services provider CredibilIT in December 2016. Claranet Italy is the first organic expansion for Claranet Group since the launch of Claranet France in 1998 and Claranet Germany in 2000. This new expansion positions Claranet as one of the most ambitious and dynamic players in the European hosting market following 17 acquisitions across the continent in the last five years.

The new entity will be based in Milan, meaning it is strategically positioned near major economic centres and the bases of major partners such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Like the six other existing European entities, 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 of Claranet Italy and will work to grow its footprint in the country.

Charles Nasser, CEO and Founder of the Claranet Group, commented:

We are very excited to announce the formation of Claranet Italy. This move 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 possesses a great deal of experience in the sector and in growing companies from his time at Diademys and I have every confidence that he will make a great success of Claranet Italy.”

Fabrice Tetu, Managing Director of Claranet Italy, added:

Claranet has over a hundred engineers with the highest levels of certification in public cloud. We have developed expertise, tools and methodologies to help companies migrate to the cloud and transform their businesses. We are pleased to be able to bring this expertise to Italy and I am delighted to be developing the business in a new market. 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.”

With an ambitious strategy and strong organic and acquisitive growth the Group now reports annualised sales of over £215million/€250million, more than 1,250 employees and 5,800 customers in Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Italy.