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October 7, 2016updated 10 Oct 2016 1:31pm

Five of the biggest data centre acquisition transactions of the last two years

The data centre industry is consolidating as specialist make acquisitions of assets.

By Hannah Williams


Who: Equinix makes acquisition of TelecityGroup

When: January 2016

Cost: $3.8 billion

Earlier this year, Global interconnection and data centre company, Equinix announced the completion of its acquisition of TelecityGroup. The transaction was valued at around $3.8 billion.

Equinix, which has a total of over 145 data centres worldwide said, the acquisition was to enhance Equinix’s existing data centre portfolio, addingtelecity seven new markets in Europe and also provides customers with more ways to connect with other businesses around the world on Platform Equinix.

With over 40 data centres, Telecity’s locations more than doubles Equinix’s capacity in Europe. It was also to expand the company’s interconnection platform in key European markets.

Digital Realty

Who: Equinix buys Digital Realty assets

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When: August 2016

Cost: €189,750,000

Equinix also recently completed the acquisition of Digital Realty’s operating business in Paris.

The location, where Equinix’s PA2 and PA3 international Business Exchange data centres were already located, adds to Equinix’s corporate strategy of acquiridigital realtyng assets.

An addition of 1,000 cabinets of sold capacity was added to the original 5,000 cabinets already held by the company within the two centres already located in Paris.

Digital Realty hosts 156 data centres, with over 33 global markets.


Who: Digital Realty acquires TelX

When: October 2015

Cost: $ 1.886 billionTelX

Leading global provider of data centre solutions, Digital Realty, completed the acquisition of premier provider of data centre colocation, TelX.

The acquisition doubled Digital Realty’s footprint in the continuously growing colocation business, also building on the company’s real estate expertise and expensive global reach.

TelX now operates as Digital Realty’s colocation and connectivity line of business.

Next Generation Data (NGD)

Who: InfraVia acquired NGD

When: July 2016

Cost: £100 million

InfraVia Capital Partners made a transaction of £100 million to acquire the majority of Europe’s largest data centre Next Generation Data, based in Wales.NGD

The NGD hub boosts a total of 750,000 sq ft of hosting floor and 180MW of power supplied by 100% renewable energy sources.

InfraVia’s investment has enabled NGD to accelerate growth in the future, used for expansions of existing UK data centres.

Global Switch

Who: Asian Consortium

When: September 2016

Cost: Over £2bn

The well-known commercial data centre firm, Global Switch, owned by two of the UK’s richest people, the Reuben brothers, announced a deal with Asian investors to sell half of the company.Global switch

The brothers bought the firm in 2004 when it was worth a value of £585m, it is now worth between £4.5 and £5bn.

Hosting 10 data centres in its fleet, which include sites in key markets London, Singapore and Hong Kong- with the remaining seven located in Europe.


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