UK Colo Firm Node4 Acquires Cloud Provider LETN Solutions

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UK hosting provider Node4 announced on Wednesday that it has acquired cloud infrastructure provider LETN Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

Node4 said that the acquisition will extend its existing portfolio of cloud solutions including IaaS, disaster recovery and virtualization services, adding LETN’s evoPod and evoCloud services. LETN also brings NetApp expertise as one of 18 qualified NetApp partners in the UK.

Based in Reading, LETN offers hosting and professional services. It was founded in 2005 by Steve Denby and Gregg Mearing, who will stay on the Node4 management team after the acquisition.

Due to the fragmentation of the European cloud market, cloud providers tend to acquire more regional competitors, although if they are looking to break into new markets, acquisitions also seem to be the preferred strategy. Unlike US cloud providers, who tend to view larger IaaS companies like AWS or Microsoft as competitors, European cloud firms more often see local players as their biggest competition, according to research that came out last year from Interxion.

As part of the acquisition, LETN’s Reading office and its employees will become part of Node4. Services to LETN customers won’t be disrupted by the merger, and customers will be able to add Net4 solutions to their current services from LETN, including colocation, connectivity and communication.

As part of this acquisition, Steve Denby and Gregg Mearing, Co-founders of LETN Solutions, will take up positions within Node4′s management team.

“Combining LETN and Node4′s respective solutions range and expertise means customers of both organizations will benefit from an enhanced service with greater choice,” David Mearing, co-founder and chairman LETN Solutions said.


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