Colt named a Leader in Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting


London, 25 June 2013

Colt Technology Services today announced that Gartner has listed Colt the highest on the “ability to execute” axis for managed hosting across Europe, in the first Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting.

Richard Oosterom, EVP Group Strategy & Business Development, Colt, said: “We are delighted with Colt’s positioning in the first Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting. We believe this reinforces Colt’s leadership position established in both the IDC ‘IaaS Competitive Landscape in Europe’ report and Experton’s Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2013, Our breadth of portfolio, focus on customer service and pan-European network are all key to our ability to successfully deliver IT services across Europe today.”

According to Gartner, when considering the ability to execute, the most important criteria were service offerings and service excellence, as reflected in customer experiences with sales, support and operations.

Colt offers IT services from their 20 datacentres across Europe, ranging from colocation to fully managed hosting and cloud services. As recently announced, Colt’s enterprise class cloud services are now available from 7 of those datacentres giving it the largest cloud footprint in Europe.

Oosterom continues: “Colt believes this position in this Magic Quadrant recognises the importance of having both a broad hosting portfolio and a pan-European network, in delivering service excellence. Our focus on seamless delivery across countries and expanding our geographical reach in Europe and beyond means that we are well placed to follow our customers where their business takes them. With our extensive network, datacentres and focus on speedy provisioning and deployment, we are playing an increasingly critical role in helping organisations run and transform their business.”

In Gartner’s recent report, “Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services,” Colt received an overall score of 4.4 out of 5 for its core city backbone use case, as part of Gartner’s research into Pan-European network service markets and players.

Further details about Colt’s position in the Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting are detailed on Gartner’s website.

Colt’s managed hosting services are delivered using Colt Optimum services which are differentiated through their unique combination of network reach, integrated technology, service management and commercial flexibility. Colt Optimum is the name of the direct-to-enterprise portfolio across IT, Network and Communication Services. These complement Colt Ceano which is designed specifically for Colt’s indirect channel.

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Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting, Published 19 June 2013 ,Tiny Haynes, Gregor Petri ,Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill , Lydia Leong, Sammi Pine

Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services, Published: 26 March 2013, Neil Rickard, Katja Ruud

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality data centre solutions at a Colt or customer site. Our Innovative data centres are rapid to deploy, flexible and highly efficient.

In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market; Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

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