Orange completes acquisition of Basefarm

Orange completes acquisition of Basefarm Holding to support its cloud computing strategy in the enterprise sector

Orange completes acquisition of Basefarm Holding to support its cloud computing strategy in the enterprise sector.

  • Competition authorities approve acquisition of 100% of Basefarm Holding AS by Orange through enterprise subsidiary Orange Business Services
  • By acquiring Basefarm Holding, Orange becomes a European leader in the cloud computing services market

Orange today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of Basefarm through its enterprise subsidiary Orange Business Services following the approbation of the relevant competition authorities.

Basefarm is a leading European player in cloud-based infrastructure and services, as well as the management of critical applications and data analysis. The company, which recorded revenues of over 100 million euros in 2017, has enjoyed steady growth since its creation. Basefarm has a strong operational presence in several European countries, particularly in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria and in Germany, where it boasts a cutting-edge big data activity with its subsidiary The unbelievable Machine Company. Its business proposition lies at the forefront of innovative services in cloud computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, thanks to the widely-recognized expertise of its 550 employees for maximum customer satisfaction.

This acquisition will complement Orange Business Services’ existing catalogue of offers and will reinforce its strategic position by bringing a new source of expertise and innovative technologies, particularly in data management, the management of critical applications, Big Data and multi-cloud services. By joining forces with Orange Business Services, Basefarm will gain a unique opportunity to accelerate growth in public, private and multi–cloud services while benefitting from access to Orange’s global networks and infrastructure.

“We are very pleased with Orange’s decision to acquire Basefarm, a sign of our continued success in Europe. Orange is already a major player in the cloud services business and our two companies are very well matched in terms of our product portfolio, and also when it comes to geographical spread. Together we’re able to build a pan-European leader in cloud managed services, something which will benefit Basefarm and our customers.” said Fredrik Ohlsen, CEO Basefarm.

Read more about the acquisition here


About Basefarm

Basefarm is a European Managed Service Provider. We create market leaders by integrating the key competencies for digital transformation – big data, cloud computing and information security, into one service offering. Our delivery model covers everything from ”idea to cable”; we provide strategic advice, implementation projects and infrastructure operations under one management and on any cloud. Basefarm was founded in 2000 and our team of 530+ top engineers and advisors are servicing global clients from our European offices and data centers in Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Basefarm was top ranked in Whitelane’s IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2018 and was recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in the European Cloud Computing Market 2015 for our unique methodology in application management. The unbelievable Machine Company *um, part of the Basefarm group, was named Innovator of The Year 2018 by German business magazine brand eins Wissen and Data Analytics Leader by ISG Provider Lens Germany 2018.


About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group, and its 22,000 employees, is focused on supporting the digital transformation of multinational enterprises and French SMEs across five continents. Orange Business Services is not only an infrastructure operator, but also a technology integrator and a value-added service provider. It offers companies digital solutions that help foster collaboration within their teams (collaborative workspaces and mobile workspaces), better serve their customers (enriched customer relations and business innovation), and support their projects (enriched connectivity, flexible IT and cyberdefense). The integrated technologies that Orange Business Services offer range from Software Defined Networks (SDN/NFV), Big Data and IoT, to cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, as well as cybersecurity. Orange Business Services customers include over 3,000 renowned multinational corporations at an international level and over two million professionals, companies and local communities in France.Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 41 billion euros in 2017 and has 260 million customers in 28 countries at 30 June 2018. Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

For further information please contact:
Anna Jäger, VP Marketing Basefarm
anna.jager@basefarm.com
+46 735 26 00 91

Orange acquires Basefarm

Orange acquires Basefarm Holding and becomes a European leader in cloud computing services for the enterprise sector

  • Orange announces the acquisition of 100% of the capital of Basefarm Holding AS, a major player in cloud infrastructure and critical application services in Europe.
  • This acquisition is set to reinforce Orange Business Services’ position in the cloud computing services market for which it is already leader in France and a significant player in Europe.

Following a competitive tender process initiated by Abry Partners for its stake in Basefarm, the Orange Group, through its enterprise subsidiary Orange Business Services, has announced today the signature of a contract to acquire 100% of the company’s capital for an enterprise value of 350 million euros.

Basefarm is a leading European player in cloud-based infrastructure and services, as well as the management of critical applications and data analysis. The company, which recorded revenues of over 100 million euros in 2017, has enjoyed strong growth since 2015. Basefarm has a strong operational presence in several European countries, particularly in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria and in Germany, where it boasts a cutting-edge big data activity. Its business proposition lies at the forefront of the most innovative services in cloud computing and Big data and Artificial Intelligence thanks to the widely-recognized expertise of its 550 employees and to the high satisfaction from its customers.

Following the recent purchase of Business & Decision, the acquisition of Basefarm represents an important step forward in Orange Business Services’ development strategy. With its existing team of 1,600 cloud computing experts, Orange Business Services is currently growing by around 15 to 20% each year on the global market in this sector. The acquisition of Basefarm will complement its existing catalogue of offers and will reinforce its strategic position by bringing a new source of expertise and innovative technologies, particularly in data management, the management of critical applications, Big Data and multi-cloud services. The addition of Basefarm will also complete the geographical reach of Orange’s services, enabling it to become a leading player in Europe.

By joining forces with Orange Business Services, Basefarm will gain a unique opportunity to accelerate growth in public and private cloud-services while benefitting from access to Orange’s global networks and infrastructure.

“We are very proud to announce the acquisition of Basefarm, which will mark a major milestone in our international development. In particular, the company’s intergration will enable us to significantly extend our Big Data and critical application management services on a rapidly consolidating market. In addition to our ability to offer access to public or private cloud infrastructure, it is above all our capacity to propose enriched, automated services to our customers, wherever they are in the world, that will enable us to support companies as they transform onto new, digital models based on cloud-computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence,” said Helmut Reisinger, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Business Services.

“We are very pleased with Orange’s decision to acquire Basefarm, a sign of our continued success in Europe. Orange is already a major player in the cloud services business and our two companies are very well matched in terms of our product portfolio, and also when it comes to geographical spread. Together we’re able to build a pan-European leader in cloud managed services, something which will benefit Basefarm and our customers” said Fredrik Ohlsen, CEO Basefarm.

Basefarm was advised on the transaction by Jefferies International. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place during the third quarter of 2018 and is conditional upon the approbation of the relevant competition authorities.


About Basefarm

Basefarm is a European Managed Service Provider. We create market leaders by integrating the key competencies for digital transformation – big data, cloud computing and information security, into one service offering. Our delivery model covers everything from ”idea to cable”; we provide strategic advice, implementation projects and infrastructure operations under one management and on any cloud. Basefarm was founded in 2000 and our team of 530+ top engineers and advisors are servicing global clients from our European offices and data centres in Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Basefarm was top ranked in Whitelane’s IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2018 and was recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in the European Cloud Computing Market 2015 for our unique methodology in application management. The unbelievable Machine Company *um, part of the Basefarm group, was named Innovator of The Year 2018 by German business magazine brand eins Wissen and Data Analytics Leader by ISG Provider Lens Germany 2018.


About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2017 and 150,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2018, including 91,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2018, including 202 million mobile customers and 20 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 28 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

For further information please contact:

Anna Jäger, VP Marketing Basefarm
anna.jager@basefarm.com
+46 735 26 00 91

Unbelievable Machine opens AWS competence center in Frankfurt

Berlin/Frankfurt, May 2017 – The unbelievable Machine Company (*um), German innovator in digital infrastructure, has opened a third competence center in Frankfurt/Main. The center is a base from which the technology specialist can operate Amazon Web Services (AWS) and develop customized client solutions for the use and application of hybrid cloud solutions.

*um’s new AWS competence center is located in the heart of the Main metropolis, close to the central station (Am Hauptbahnhof 10). Behind the historic facade of the once almost legendary “Hotel d’Angleterre” (“Englischer Hof”) now lies a modern infrastructure for the technology provider’s services.

“Opening our own powerful AWS competence center in Frankfurt was an obvious and sensible step to take. We work for a large and important client there and have already attracted new clients in the area, all of which have huge demand for consultation and operation capacities”, explains *um’s founder and CEO Ravin Mehta. “We will meet their requirements in more than one way: Since we are an AWS competence partner and have already been operating one of our datacenters in Frankfurt for a long time, we are able to offer unique hybrid solutions from private cloud and public cloud services.”

The Frankfurt center has been operating with ten permanent employees since the beginning of May, and *um is expecting growth in the near future; the company is already looking for new staff, including data engineers, data and AWS architects, as well as DevOps experts.

While you were busy with GDPR – the US CLOUD Act was passed, and it has significant impact for European organisations

For the past months everyone has been focusing on the GDPR deadline the 25th of May . In the meantime the passing of another important new privacy and security legislation, with big implications for European businesses using cloud services from US tech giants, went almost totally unnoticed.

On 22 March the so called CLOUD Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data) was passed by the US congress, as part of a 2232-page, $1.3 trillion spending bill.

The microsoft ireland case

Initially born out of a longstanding conflict between Microsoft and the US government over handing out user data, the CLOUD Act has been hailed as a necessary overhaul of the US’ outdated digital privacy and security legislation. As GDPR, the CLOUD Act should definitely be on every European organisation’s mind, as it affects what could happen to personal data placed with US cloud providers like Microsoft, Amazon and Google.

It was the data privacy issues highlighted by United States v. Microsoft Corp. also known as the Microsoft Ireland case – which really paved the way for the CLOUD Act. The case argued that Microsoft had to hand out private user data stored on servers in Dublin. Microsoft initially lost the case in 2013, only to win an appeal in 2016. The US Department of Justice then requerecently the case was declared moot and thrown out.

However the longstanding and very public case, initiated a discussion in Congress about the need for an overhaul of digital privacy legislation. Everyone was in agreement that the laws, which were from the 1980s,  was not fit for purpose. New legislation giving clarity as to which laws apply when it comes to who has the right to access data stored in the cloud, was badly needed.

Read the whole article here in Data Economy.

Basefarm named Northern Europe Service Provider of The Year 2018 by HPE

London – 19 June 2018. Basefarm, a leading European Managed Service Provider, offering integrated key competencies for digital innovation – big data, cloud computing and information security in one service offering, has been named Northern Europe Service Provider of the Year by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Basefarm and HPE has developed a very strong partnership spanning more than 10 years and as Basefarm has continued to grow across Europe, with more customers needing more storage, the relationship has grown even closer and more important.

In 2017 storage was among Basefarm’s largest investment areas and the company has increased its capacity from 1 PB to 20 PB over the last four years. Today Basefarm is the largest HPE3 PAR user in Western Europe and was recently selected as one of two global partners to beta test HPE’s new Artificial Intelligence software HPE InfoSight for HPE 3PAR StoreServ.

“We are very grateful to be awarded HPE Service Provider of the Year for Northern Europe. Our customers rely on us for their mission critical services, so strong partnerships and good collaborations, like the one we have with HPE, are crucial. Machines can talk to machines but in the end it’s the people that makes the difference,” said Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO of Basefarm.

“It’s an honor to award partners who are raising the standard of business excellence,” said Paul Hunter, Worldwide Head of Partner Sales, HPE. “HPE is committed to enabling mutual growth with channel partners, and our awards recognize those who develop business opportunities with our joint customers.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced winners of the 2018 HPE Partner of the Year Awards at its annual Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas. Winners were recognized for outstanding performance and accomplishments, and for driving meaningful business results for shared customers.

More information about the award and all the winners can be found here.

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Petter M. Tømmeraas appointed as Senior Vice President for Basefarm’s Data Center Business

Aims to continue building on unique combination of successful colocation business with added IT Operations support

London – 22 May 2018. Basefarm, a leading European Managed Service Provider, has appointed Petter M. Tømmeraas as Senior Vice President for Basefarm’s Data Centre Business.

After four years at Green Mountain, Petter M. Tømmeraas will now focus on continuing to build on Basefarm’s successful data center business area, where one single organisation is supplying both data center colocation services and enterprise-critical operations support.

“Many companies are moving away from managing their own IT operations and infrastructure and instead are looking to use external partners with expertise in areas like cloud services and big data to operate their enterprise-critical IT. This trend makes my new job very exciting,” said Tømmeraas. “Because Basefarm is more than a fixed supplier of data center services, we can take over and automate operational tasks and keep costs under control and have a flexible infrastructure than a standard colocation supplier.”

“We rarely see customers looking for only colocation today, although we are of course happy to provide that service as well, and for many it’s only a matter of time before they also start using managed cloud services. Transitioning to Basefarm as a supplier of mission critical, hybrid cloud solutions is really quick,” continued Tømmeraas .

“With regards to the market we are addressing we are seeing interest from a lot of players at the moment. The hyperscalers and other global players are looking for good partners to set up edge data centers, service providers are increasingly moving into large colocation facilities and the enterprise market has mostly stopped building their own data centers at a high cost to focus more on their own solutions and services instead of having to focus on power, cooling and physical security,” concluded Tømmeraas.

Tømmeraas has a bachelor’s degree in international business with a major in economics, administration, law and international marketing. Since 1998, he has worked in the fields of IT and telecommunication services, in which data center services have always been an integral part of this spectrum of services. Before joining Basefarm in February 2018 Tømmeraas worked as Chief Sales Officer at Green Mountain.

Basefarm is #1 Service Provider by Emerce100

Basefarm 5.5 stars Emerce100

As a new name it is an honour to stay on a list of best businesses, but winning the very same competition you just entered is even better! Each year the Dutch e-commerce platform Emerce publishes the best e-businesses. Basefarm got the highest score within its category and is distinctly proud of that.

Basefarm debuts in this 2018 edition of the Emerce100, making its first appearance since Emerce introduced the listing in 2005. Now we know it is not only a debut: Basefarm managed to get the highest score within the category ‘Hosting Shared & Managed’, jointly occupying first place with Dutch hosting provider Byte. Basefarm was awarded an average of 5.5 stars, scoring at least five out of a maximum of seven stars for each benchmark.

“ We, the entire team from Basefarm Netherlands, are very pleased with this nomination. It demonstrates that our clients are happy with the quality and the added value of the services we deliver, and this is  precisely what we strive for, every day…. And we are naturally also very happy that our efforts are publicly being acknowledged with this nomination”.

Chris Jansen, Country Manager Basefarm Netherlands

After Basefarm’s top placement in the Whitelane and PA Consulting’s IT Outsourcing Survey 2018, this is further evidence that Basefarm is doing the right things for its customers and will continue developing, managing and running IT solutions critical to the missions of its clients worldwide.

Read more about the Emerce100 here (Dutch): https://www.emerce.nl/nieuws/emerce-100-beste-bedrijven-ebusiness-2018.

If you are interested in ordering a physical copy of the Emerce100, you can do so here.