Acquisition of Redblade Gives Cloud Direct Customers Increased Technical Expertise

BATH, England, August 10, 2016

Cloud Direct the cloud solutions provider (CSP), has acquired Redblade, the London-based managed service provider (MSP).

The deal will give Cloud Direct customers access to an increased level of technical expertise. This is strategically important at a time when businesses are looking to move more of their critical IT to the cloud – like their business applications, for example. Cloud Direct customers will now benefit from Redblade’s highly technical professionals who can design, build and manage business critical solutions for high performance, agility and security.

Redblade’s existing customers will benefit from Cloud Direct’s wide range of cloud IT solutions and services, which support business productivity, growth and security.

This is the latest of three Cloud Direct acquisitions. In June 2015, the company acquired Datel Business Systems so they could offer customers in regulated industries highly secure and resilient VMware based hosted, private cloud servers via a high-speed WAN connection.

Six months later, in December 2015, Cloud Direct acquired ihotdesk, to add traditional on-premises IT support to its pure cloud portfolio. With the addition of Redblade, Cloud Direct has nearly tripled its 2014 staff numbers to more than 110 people.

Brett Raynes, Cloud Direct’s CEO and founder, said: “We’re really excited about bringing Redblade on board. Our focus for the coming months will be on integrating people, systems and processes. They’re a great bunch of people, who have some very impressive technical skills. We can now take our customers on that next, critical step in their cloud journey.”

Mark Gold, technical director at Redblade, said: “The opportunities this creates for our people and customers is fantastic. A particular draw is Cloud Direct’s advanced, direct gold partner status with Microsoft – customers immediately benefit from the speed and access this allows. We’re really excited about the future.”

About Cloud Direct

Since 2003, Cloud Direct has helped 4,000 organisations move to the cloud – quickly, easily and securely. It has built the best technologies into ready-to-go, enterprise solutions that meet the compliance, security and performance needs of highly regulated organisations in the UK.

Cloud Direct’s packaged cloud services come with one monthly bill and an award-winning, 24/7 customer service team.

Packaged cloud drives better business continuity, people productivity and guarantees the availability and security of IT infrastructure and applications.

Cloud Direct is ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 20000 accredited, holds Investors in People – Gold, and is a Microsoft gold direct CSP partner for small-midmarket cloud solutions.