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European IT services provider Getronics has completed its acquisition of network services provider Colt's cloud services business. Around 300 Colt employees, 600 managed cloud customers, and Colt's data center facilities have transferred to Getronics. The acquisition underpins Getronics' new Managed Cloud Services portfolio and adds to Getronics' European footprint.

Getronics offers a European cloud for European customers

Getronics, which is part of the Aurelius Group, has a strong workspace services focus, being a founding member and joint leader (with CompuCom) of the Global Workspace Alliance. The acquisition of Colt's managed cloud business expands Getronics' reach in Europe and adds a well-respected infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform hosted in 12 data centers around Europe. It's a good match for Getronics, as workspace services increasingly include mobility and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) supported from the cloud. It also enables Getronics to offer a more comprehensive end-to-end service for customer applications and workloads.

Since announcing the acquisition in November 2015, Getronics has worked on the integration of Colt's managed cloud and data center services with its own, though this was mainly cosmetic as Colt's was the more sophisticated and widely deployed platform. Getronics' new services will appeal to European customers for whom data sovereignty and network performance are key criteria in their selection of cloud service providers. In launching its new Managed Cloud Services portfolio, Getronics also announced a long-term strategic partnership with Colt: it will deliver Managed Cloud Services to the network services provider, while using the latter's voice and data center capabilities.

Getronics Managed Cloud Services is a useful addition to the enterprise cloud options for European customers and ensures continuing support and a more confident future for existing Colt cloud customers. However, Getronics must continue to invest heavily in its newly acquired cloud platform to ensure that it maintains its technological advantages over other European IaaS rivals, some of which, such as Atos and T-Systems, benefit from additional investment from technology partners.


Further reading

Enterprise Insights: Cloud Trends, TE0005-000723 (July 2015)

"Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, and Huawei are bidding to challenge Amazon in public cloud," TE0005-000767 (November 2015)


Ian Brown, Senior Analyst, IT Services

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