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Basefarm acquires The unbelievable Machine Company, the leading Big Data and Cloud Services Provider in Germany

LONDON – 13 June, 2017 – Basefarm today announced their acquisition of the Berlin-based The unbelievable Machine Company (*um), the leading service provider for Big Data, cloud and managed cloud services in Germany and Austria.

With the acquisition, Basefarm extends their target market from the Nordics and the Netherlands to include Germany and Austria, thus becoming a leading European player. The combined business will have ~100m€ in revenues this year in addition to a wider service offering. Services will range from cloud hosting, security and managed services, to Big Data services, giving customers additional and more business oriented service options.

Fredrik Ohlsén CEO of Basefarm
Fredrik Ohlsén CEO of Basefarm
The acquisition is backed by ABRY Partners, a US private equity firm focused on investments in Media, Communications and Business & Information Services. ABRY Partners is the main shareholder of Basefarm.

*um will continue to work under its well-known brand name in Germany and Austria. Managing Director of *um, Ravin Mehta, will remain Country Manager Germany and Austria, and as such become a member of the Executive management team of Basefarm, as well as a major shareholder in Basefarm, going forward.

Fredrik Ohlsén, CEO of Basefarm says: “We are very happy to add The unbelievable Machine Company to the Basefarm family. *um has an extensive pool of experts within the fields of Cloud Computing and Big Data with solutions supporting customers on the strategic and analytical level linking to their business processes. We see a growing demand for these kind of services in our customer base. Just like at Basefarm, the *um team has focused on their customers’ success, as well as on the people at the center of the company’s development. This goes hand in hand with the Basefarm culture, so I believe this is a perfect match.”

Ravin Mehta, Managing Director of The unbelievable Machine company says: “The new company will combine the Nordic area, the hottest data center market in the world, with Germany, Europe’s largest market and talent pool, to create a true European hybrid cloud provider. I am really excited to add extended markets for *um and that we will continue giving our customers top quality local service combined with a global infrastructure.”

Basefarm and *um both have highly successful track records delivering services to enterprise level organizations with high quality and security demands. Both have been named Gartner Cool Vendor in their respective fields; Application Management (Basefarm) and Big Data & Infrastructure (*um).

Financial terms were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close within a few weeks.

For more information contact:
Gillie Tennant or James Cooper
Ascendant Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 208 334 8041

About Basefarm
Basefarm is a Northern European Managed Services Provider for mission critical IT. With 17 years’ experience in managing online solutions we help our customers achieve their digital ambitions. We provide application management and hybrid cloud solutions, with services ranging from colocation in our own data centers to fully managed solutions on private and public cloud platforms. Founded in the Nordics we are today 400 employees in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Basefarm was ranked # 1 in service delivery in Whitelanes IT Outsourcing study Nordics 2016, recognized by Gartner as Cool Vendors in the European Cloud Computing Market 2015 for our unique methodology in application management.

About The unbelievable Machine Company (*um)
We are the specialist for Big Data (Data Science & Data Engineering) and Cloud Services. Founded in 2008, we have now approx. 120 employees and are located in Berlin and Vienna.

We are developing precise solutions for individual business challenges of renowned customers such as the German Postal Service (Deutsche Post), Gebr. Heinemann, Audi, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Welle, Metro Group, and Parship.

The groundbreaking solutions and services of the company have already garnered many awards. *um was the only European provider named by Gartner as Cool Vendor in the category of “Information Infrastructure and Big Data”, and recently selected by the Experton Group as a “Big Data Leader” for the second consecutive year.

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