(The Hosting News) – LeaseWeb, one of Europe’s largest quality hosting providers, has today announced the acquisition of Frankfurt-based netdirekt. The Dutch hosting provider’s goal is to offer its solutions and services directly across the German-speaking markets and to become the leading Web Hoster in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Frankfurt is by far the most important network node in Germany and its internet exchange is one of the top three in Europe, alongside Amsterdam and London, enabling LeaseWeb to offer its international customers a strong internet infrastructure. Frankfurt is also LeaseWeb’s gateway to Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries.
Wiethold Wagner, managing director of the new LeaseWeb in Germany and former owner and managing director of netdirekt, will take over management of the business in the region. The acquisition of netdirekt means that German-speaking customers now have local access to LeaseWeb services providing them with support in their own language from datacenters in Frankfurt and Wuppertal.
“This step represents a significant milestone for us and our priority for 2011 will be the successful integration of netdirekt into LeaseWeb and to create new job opportunities in addition to retaining all current netdirekt employees,” comments Ivo Roomer, manager of M&A integration for LeaseWeb.
Roomer continues: “Thanks to our international focus and local presence, customers will be able to benefit from the provision of secure and top quality hosting services from LeaseWeb with direct regional support.”
As part of LeaseWeb’s ongoing international strategy, the company will also open a datacenter in North America in early 2011 in order to increase its global customer base.
LeaseWeb was founded in 1997 and currently ranks among the top 30 hosting providers worldwide. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it offers dedicated and co-located hosting, virtualisation, cloud offerings, tailored IT infrastructure solutions and much more. LeaseWeb has a bandwidth capacity of more than one and a half terabit per second (1.5 Tbps) in Europe and North America. Its customers include Heineken, Starbucks, Kelkoo and Wikimedia. netdirekt was founded in 1996 and currently has around 3,000 customers and manages a total of 6,000 servers. The total number of business and retail customers served by LeaseWeb after the acquisition is more than 12,000 with 36,000 servers in its network.
“Competition in the German Web Hosting market is certainly one of the most toughly contested globally and is about to go through a marked period of consolidation. This makes the move from LeaseWeb even more of an accolade for us in that it demonstrates the potential seen in netdirekt. Our extremely flexible structure, solid financial basis, strong international focus and our bundled know-how puts us in an ideal position to take on the competition,” says Wiethold Wagner.
He adds: “Both LeaseWeb and netdirekt have always relied on close customer proximity as the basis of their business success. We will stick to this strategy in future to ensure we meet the needs of our customers as well as fuelling further growth and market share.”
Established in the Netherlands in 1997, LeaseWeb is an Infrastructure as a Service provider (IaaS) and operator of a first-class worldwide network. It has a network uptime of 99.999%, which currently offers its customers an available bandwidth of more than 1.5 Tbps. Services include dedicated servers, virtualization and cloud, colocation and tailor-made IT infrastructure solutions.
LeaseWeb’s growing infrastructure currently spans seven datacenters in the Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, and Washington DC regions, connecting with major telecom carriers. LeaseWeb peers with Internet exchanges in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, New York, Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Oslo, Zurich and Madrid.
The company offers IT infrastructure solutions to all industries, including accounting, banking and financial services, engineering, health care, manufacturing and technology, as well as the smallest start-ups seeking to develop a presence on the internet. Customers include Wikimedia, Heineken, Starbucks, Royal Joh. Enschedé, Univé, AFAS and Twenga.
LeaseWeb partners with the IT industry’s leading enterprises, including Microsoft, VMware, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Cpanel and Parallels, to offer customers high quality solutions.
netdirekt is a professional service provider for hosting services based in Frankfurt am Main. Founded in 1996, the company provides infrastructure, service and support for internet-content such as websites.
From 2007 to 2009 it was named by Deloitte as one of the Top 50 fastest growing technology companies in Germany (http://www.fast50.de). For further information please visit http://www.netdirekt.de