Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

August 23, 2011

Host Europe Group Acquires Heart Internet

Looking to offer a wide product portfolio that is capable of meeting the needs of its customers, Host Europe Group has announced that it has acquired Nottingham-based web hosting company Heart Internet.

Launched in 2004, Heart Internet has grown rapidly with a focus on the reseller hosting product niche.

Host Europe’s portfolio of businesses will now be joined by Heart Internet and together the combined infrastructure of the UK operation will reach a customer base approaching one million. With Heart Internet being the preferred reseller choice in the UK, this is great news for customers who will now benefit from both companies’ expertise and brand strength, the company stated in a press release.

“This is a great opportunity for both businesses and our customers, who will benefit from a full suite of complementary product ranges from a one stop shop that will cater for all their hosting requirements. We have jointly developed a product integration plan for all customers, ranging from domains, value added-services, shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS and dedicated servers to customized and managed hosting solutions which will deliver additional growth for the new combined Group.”

The group extends its capabilities and footprint into an attractive and differentiated niche segment of the hosting market through combining and integrating the complementary product ranges and infrastructure. It also allows Heart Internet to benefit from Host Europe Group's Cloud platform and suite of fast growing virtualization services. Heart was founded by Jonathan Brealey and Tim Beresford, who also established 123-reg and Webfusion.

Recently, Open-Xchange, a supplier of business-class email and groupware for cloud providers announced that the company has formed a partnership with Host Europe Group. The partnership will enable Host Europe Group to bring free Open-Xchange webmail and Personal Information Management (PIM) to more than 1.4 million email accounts. Open-Xchange is the ideal partner for Hosted Europe to start offering Cloud applications as their software integrates perfectly into the company’s existing hosting infrastructure.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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