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Microsoft recognises Claranet as an Azure Expert MSP

Technology services provider, Claranet, has been recognised for its expertise in consulting, implementing, and operating cloud solutions by Microsoft, becoming one of just 32 global launch partners to achieve this status. Securing the Azure Expert MSP accreditation confirms Claranet’s high level of expertise and knowledge of Azure cloud services as well as its ability to support customers in their unique innovation and digital transformation projects.

The certification program was created by Microsoft to reward partners who can meet a demanding set of criteria by demonstrating their excellence in delivery on a consistent basis. This includes an independent audit of their managed services, processes, and technologies, with only the most loyal and experienced partners being rewarded with the Azure Expert MSP badge.

The audit focuses on a wide range of key criteria and specialities that must be mastered by the MSP in a cloud environment, including: overall knowledge of Azure services; good cloud security practices; excellence in architectural design and application code adaptation; exploitation of platforms in scalable environments and cost containment.

Frédéric Atlan, Group Business & Partner Development Manager at Claranet, said: “Over the last few years there has been a rapid increase in the number of businesses migrating their in-house legacy technology and infrastructure to a public, private, or hybrid cloud service provider.  In order for these transformations to be successful, organisations need to be supported and guided by partners with proven knowledge and experience of the cloud. The Azure public cloud, for example, has its own unique features and at Claranet we have known for a long time that following traditional methods are no longer suitable for this type of service.

“We now operate specifically on Azure using the best of the platform, including all advanced services, and this is an opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft further by bringing all of our cloud-based tools into compliance with their platform. When delivering critical services just having technical expertise is not enough, so it is vital that all associated processes and workflows are mastered to give the most effective support to customers.”

Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp, added: “We are delighted to name Claranet as an Azure Expert MSP. Claranet has extensive experience in supporting its customers in the cloud by embracing a methodical and innovative approach, meaning they are fully deserving of this new status.”

About Claranet

Claranet’s IT services help our customers do amazing things. We simplify the management of IT services, so our customers can concentrate on what they do best. By working with us, our customers gain access to a wide range of integrated hosting, networks, communications, and security managed services, as well as our support and expertise 24×7.

Founded in 1996, Claranet has evolved from a pioneering ISP (Internet Service Provider) into one of the leading independent MSPs (Managed Service Providers) in Europe. The company has annualised revenues of circa £325 million, over 6,500 customers, over 2,000 employees, and an international footprint in two continents and eight countries.

While Claranet has grown internationally, the focus has always been on local service, out of local offices, using a mixture of local and international infrastructure, including public clouds. The company’s ambitious growth strategy has led to numerous acquisitions. On a constant currency basis, revenues have increased four times in under five years.

Claranet is positioned in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Europe. This follows the company’s position as a ‘Leader’ – one of only five – in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe for five consecutive years from 2013 to 2017.

For more information visit www.claranet.com.

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