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Colt named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled European Managed Hosting

Colt Technology Services today announced it has been positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled European Managed Hosting.1 This follows on from last year’s Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting, where Colt was positioned the highest for its ability to execute.

According to Gartner, the report has been written to reflect that “This is a new evolution of a mature market, with a wide variety of vendor offerings and capabilities, so infrastructure managers must choose with care.” The analyst firm remarked that “Cloud-enabled managed hosting brings cloudlike consumption and provisioning attributes to the traditional managed hosting market in Europe.” Colt believes its recognition by Gartner is due to its performance on a range of requirements addressed by its network, co-location, hosting and cloud services, a strong pan-European presence and the broadening of its enterprise and SME portfolio offerings.

"We are proud to have been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled European Managed Hosting," said Hugo Harber, VP Portfolio & Strategy, IT Services at Colt. "We believe this reflects Colt’s on-going investment in enterprise application capabilities as well as extensive Pan-European presence and in-country expertise. Colt provides highly reliable and flexible IT solutions that support and accelerate the business success of our customers”.

Colt also recently announced that it retained its product viability rating of ‘Good’ in the latest Gartner Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services.2 Colt also improved its overall score for core city backbone use cases from 4.4 to 4.6 out of a possible rating of five. The full Gartner Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services can be viewed here.

To view Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, please click here.

Colt’s managed hosting services are differentiated by providing the largest cloud footprint in Europe, allowing it to provide hugely scalable service delivery whilst guaranteeing data sovereignty and local support for its customers. Colt offers customers a unique combination of network reach, integrated technology, service management and commercial flexibility. The Colt Optimum portfolio offers enterprises extensive IT, network and communication services whilst Colt Ceano offers products designed specifically for Colt’s indirect channel.

About Gartner’s Magic Quadrant methodology

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 network, data centre, voice and IT services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers worldwide. Colt operates in 22 European countries with a 46,000km European network and transatlantic network capacity. Colt has metropolitan area networks in 42 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,800 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

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).

1 Gartner Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting (Gartner reference: G00260243), Tiny Haynes, Gianluca Tramacere, Lydia Leong, Gregor Petri, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill, 09 July 2014.
2 Gartner Critical Capabilities Report for Pan-European Network Services (Gartner reference: G00239841), Neil Rickard and Katja Ruud, 26 March 2014.

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