Category Archives: Interoute

Interoute buys Easynet for £402 million

interoute logoNetwork and cloud service operator Interoute has entered an agreement to buy European managed services provider Easynet in a deal valued at £402 million.

Easynet manages services for clients including Sports Direct, EDF, Bouygues, Anglian Water, Bridgestone, Levi Strauss and Campofrio Food Group. It has a twenty year pedigree of running integrated networks, hosting and unified communications solutions to national and global clients. Its data center and cloud computing services include colocation, security, voice and application performance management. It has been appointed by the UK government’s Procurement Service to assist the UK Government in creating a ‘network of networks’ with an emphasis on machine to machine (M2M) development.

Interoute’s technology estate includes 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres along with connection to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. It owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe’s major business centres.

According to Interoute, the acquisition means that enterprise, government and service provider customers of the two companies will get a fuller suite of products, services and skillsets.

“These are exciting times for Interoute customers,” said Interoute CEO Gareth Williams, “Interoute is creating a leading, independent European ICT provider. This is the next step in our acquisition strategy and moves us much closer to our goal of being the provider of choice to Europe’s digital economy.”

Easynet CEO Mark Thompson reassured customers that the combination of the two service providers will bring better service to clients of both. “The combined companies can offer broader and deeper connectivity options, as well as an expanded portfolio of products and services,” said Thompson. “The acquisition will expand an already market-leading cloud hosting capability in Europe.”

Williams had previously told analysts that Interoute needed to grow before going public. The takeover will double revenue in the division that sells telecoms services to large companies and government departments.

British telco Easynet became one of the champions of broadband competition in Britain after it was acquired in 2006 by Sky for £211 million. In 2010, Easynet announced its sale from BSkyB (Sky) to Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

In December 2013 the company was acquired by MDNX Group, the UK’s largest independent carrier integrator.

Interoute was recently recognised by market analyst Gartner as a leader in its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe report.

Webinar | How to integrate the cloud into your existing IT estate



All businesses are being encouraged to move to the cloud or ‘go digital’, but the reality is that most IT departments have a slew of applications and an established estate. How can the cloud and this existing estate work together?

This webinar brought to you by Business Cloud News and Interoute will take you though some of the typical deployments that we’re seeing with customers’ existing IT estates and the problems they are facing. We will then walk through some of the tools we’ve developed allow you to connect your existing infrastructure to the cloud, enabling you to have a fully integrated estate of old and new.

The key piece to any technical transformation of business is integration and control, an all-encompassing base strategy of consolidation, renewal and integration of old & new. You need to establish a bimodal model of IT, and this session will show you how.

  • Analyse and profile existing IT estates
  • IaaS, PaaS, and what they mean
  • How do your users access your services
  • How to build a platform to link all of your IT
  • How the Interoute platform can help you integrate everything, without changing everything


William Morrish, Director, Cloud Services, Interoute

William has been working within the network and hosting industry for over 18 years fulfilling roles from technical design to customer sales engagement. He now runs Interoute’s IaaS product globally for sales & marketing.

This webinar will take place on Tuesday 15th September at 4pm UK time.

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Interoute opens Trans-Pacific network route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles

Interoute is expanding its fibre network, which will boost its cloud biz

Interoute is expanding its fibre network, which will boost its cloud biz

Interoute has added two new independent networking routes between Los Angeles (LA) and Hong Kong to support what it claims is Europe’s biggest cloud service platform.

It described the additions as ‘the final step in creating a fully meshed global network’. With low latency fibre connecting its territories it claims it gives customers faster access between the USA and Asia regions.

The pan-Pacific services are built on Interoute’s own private MPLS network. With complete ownership of its network, the service provider claims it can guarantee security. The option to choose between one of two distinct routes now gives it much higher levels of reliability, Interoute claimed.

Interoute has integrated its MPLS network with its cloud infrastructure platform Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC). The VDC, announced in November 2014, was created and run globally in order to simplify the process of running businesses in multiple markets.

Today’s announced network expansion follows the launches of the Interoute IP points of presence (PoPs) and VDC zones in Los Angeles (LA1) and Hong Kong (Hong Kong2). This announcement also follows Interoute’s recent opening of a new PoP in Singapore (Singapore3), in a bid to strengthen its position in one of the world’s biggest financial hubs.

“Our investment in new links between Asia and the USA signifies the next stage in the development of Interoute’s global networked cloud,” said Mark Lewis, Interoute’s communications and connectivity VP. “Customers wishing to expand across the globe need a network and services platform that supports their digital businesses.”

The new route goes live in September 2015.

Interoute’s estate now comprises 12 datacentres, 14 virtual datacentres, and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party datacentres across Europe, where it owns and operates 24 dense city networks.

The new routes will help Interoute strengthen its offering beyond Europe, according to Lewis. “With the launch of these new connections, Interoute is delivering the network capacity and service platforms that enterprises need to grow across the Pacific and around the world.”