Managed Service Provider Claranet UK Buys AWS and DevOps Specialist Bashton

23 February 2016

Managed service provider Claranet UK has bought Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ‘DevOps’ specialist Bashton. Claranet UK, which has headquarters in London, United Kingdom, was established in 1996. The company is recognized as a ‘one of Europe's leading managed IT services providers’ and provides a range of services including web hosting and ‘networks and communications services’. The company operates in six European locations, employs around 1,000 staff and operates 35 data centres. Claranet UK’s acquisition of Bashton is in line with its acquisitions of Techgate and LinuxIT in 2015 and further enhances its DevOps capabilities, allowing the company to “support customers’ complicated and diverse applications on public cloud infrastructure”.

Founded in 2004, Bashton is located in Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The company specializes in enabling customers to run “mission critical” applications in the AWS infrastructure. It predominantly caters to customers in the retail and media industries such as Virgin Holidays, ITV, Odeon, and BBC Worldwide. The company generates revenues of around £1.2 million.

“The development of managed services on third-party clouds is a key focus for Claranet UK, and the skills and experience brought by Bashton go a long way to helping us to manage more complex applications in these environments,” explained the Claranet UK’s Managing Director, Michel Robert. “As cloud adoption increases, the real value we can add as a managed services provider is in our expertise, tooling and automation capabilities, such as those offered by Bashton. We are therefore focused on further developing our advanced hosting capabilities to streamline our customers’ operations and underpin the evolution of our managed application hosting services.”

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