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Shane Higgins 2017-08-03
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VIRTUS welcomes Exponential-e to its two London data centres in expanded colocation contract where it will use its facilities to meet customer demand.

Exponential-e has renewed its use of VIRTUS’ data centres in order to meet growing customer demand.

The cloud and network provider is said to have completely renewed and increased the use of the UK data centre provider’s colocation facilities.

This will be offered through the use of an environment which will include high bandwidth and direct internet exchange access, enabling Exponential-e to provide its own 100 Gigabit Ethernet, layer 2 and low latency connectivity.

Mukesh Bavisi, MD, Exponential-e said: “We started working with VIRTUS five years ago and we chose them specifically because of their credentials to help facilitate the expansion of our cloud offering and colocation services.

“In particular, we looked for a data centre solution to host our primary node for applications virtualisation and to be the hub of our retail colocation offering.”

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Oliver Dyer 2017-02-22
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Amsterdam passes the 50MW mark and Paris shows seven-fold increase from 2015 total

A record amount of data centre colocation activity was recorded across Europe in 2016, with 155MW of take-up throughout Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

This number doubles the previous record for annual take-up, according to global real estate adviser CBRE, with the four major European data centre markets seeing unprecedented activity as companies continue to ride the cloud wave.

Amsterdam became the first market ever to pass the 50 Megawatt MW mark for colocation take-up in a single year with 54MW, followed by London 49MW and Frankfurt 34MW who both recorded more activity than any individual market had before 2016.

The largest year-on-year increase came in Paris, with the market beating the 2.5MW recorded in 2015 to hit the 17.6MW mark in 2016

The record level of take-up in 2016 was totally unprecedented, said Andrew Jay, executive director for Data Centre Solutions at CBRE.

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Michelle Briggs 2017-02-22
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CBRE finds that the European data centre market for 2016 reached high record levels from colo activity.

Global real estate advisor, CBRE revealed that the European data centre market across its four major hubs reached a record take-up of 155MW in 2016.

The hubs located in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris all boosted their individual colocation activity which led to the record level.

Amsterdam, which saw a take-up of 54MW, became the first market in history to receive over 50MW of take-up in a single year, while London and Frankfurt scoring 49MW and 34MW recorded more take-up than any individual market before 2016.

The fourth major hub, located in Paris saw a take-up of 17.6MW in the year, which is alsmost more than seven times better than its performance of 2.5MW in 2015.

Paris also saw a huge surge in take-up from 2014 and 2015 during Q2 2016, according to findings from CBRE.

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Mattie Wright 2016-10-11
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A colo can help to free up IT staff.

In the world of technology, colocation, often shortened to colo, is a data centre facility that has space for rent.

Businesses are able to rent servers and other computing hardware while the facilities are provided by another company.

The facility will provide the physical security in addition to providing the space, power, and cooling, all while connecting to various telecommunication and network service providers.

The idea is to allow the IT staff of companies to focus on work that can bring value to the organisation rather than having to constantly be taking care of the infrastructure.

Space in the facilities is often rented by the rack, cabinet, cage, or room, which businesses pay for.

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Arthur Morgan 2018-01-12
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London is the only EMEA metro area in the top revenue ranking.

Colocation data centres are becoming increasingly concentrated in key metro locations, withcolo market growth steadily increasing in all major metros in Q3 2017 – but wholesale growth stands out as the frontrunner.

Just 20 metro areas account for 59% of worldwide retail and wholesale colocation revenues, according to data released by Synergy Research Group.

New figures rank the five most significant global metro areas in terms of revenue as: Washington, New York, Tokyo, London and Shanghai, meaning the UK’s capital continues to fly the flag for the European tech market on the world stage.

These five metros alone account for a quarter (26%) of the global colo market.

Over the last four quarters, the rise in colocation revenue among the top five metro areas beat worldwide growth by two percentage points, showing the global market is becoming increasingly concentrated in this direction.

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Beatrice Patterson 2016-10-21
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As such it is a market that is growing overall and will certainly continue to do so in the short-to-medium term.

Nevertheless, providers of collocation services face a number of challenges as well as opportunities.

These encompass business issues such as the changing face of those who purchase their services and the structure of the colocation industry itself as well as technical requirements which include Edge Computing, Cloud Computing and the impact of data centre infrastructure management DCIM software.

In earlier times they tended to be procurement or facilities professionals; today they may be an IT manager, a chief information officer CIO or increasingly a business executive which could have a rank as high as Chief Financial Officer CFO or Chief Executive, depending on the business requirement.

There are even new roles emerging such as Chief Digital Officer CDO an executive in charge of digital strategies, and usually the change management associated with them, throughout an organisation.

The concerns of IT managers, and the vocabulary they use to express them, may be very different from those of CIOs, CEOs and CDOs.

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Jose Wenger 2016-12-06
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Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours.

However, when you re specifying a large project such as a data centre that is going to be the centrepiece of your business, then future trends become much more important.

servers, storage and location are among other factors to consider.

The new class of application – built using technologies like virtualisation, containers and micro-services and accessing multiple external services – presents a radically different workflow to the standard application.

We are well beyond the days of the north-south web services infrastructure, where the data would come in from the network, to some front-end that would access an application service, access data, and then send it back up the pipeline.

Current applications are talking to each other; there are endpoints that need to collaborate, and work together; and there is a much higher degree of virtualisation that is taking place.

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Roy Shannon 2017-02-15
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Colt DCS expands London data centre following customer cloud & colocation services demand.

Colt Data Centre has confirmed the completion of four data centre halls located across its flagship London 3 data centre.

An addition of 2,000 sqm of new colocation space was delivered in under six months from design to delivery, with a further 1,000 sqm of space currently under construction to be delivered in June 2017.

The space which currently offers 12MW capacity now includes an extra 6.4MW of IT capacity, showing an increase of 53 percent in the overall IT capacity offered by the facility.

The continuous demand from customers for Colt s cloud hosting and colocation services within the London marketplace is what forced the data centre expansion.

Colt Data Centre s London sites now offer a total of 17 halls, with an extra two halls to further expand its capacity later this year.

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David Shiner 2016-09-26
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Leading cloud provider announces expansions following high customer demand.

Cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services supplier Interxion has announced that it will be expanding in three cities following in response to customer demand.

Interxion has revealed an increase within its 2016 annual capital expenditure guidance at €260m to €280m.

The firm, which already has a total of 42 data centres in 11 European countries, will construct its eleventh data centre in Frankfurt and make expansions to its data centres in Paris and Marseille in order to satisfy customer requests.

The final two phases of FRA10 based in Frankfurt are expected to open in Q4 2016, with over 80 percent of the capacity being sold.

Interxion will build FRA11, with a provision of 4,800 square meters of equipped space and 10 MW of customer-available power when fully built out.

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Richard Lee 2016-08-04
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CBR looks inside the data centre giant.

Equinix is an international business which offers colocation data centres and internet exchanges to its customers, enabling interconnection.

The American corporation, founded by Jay Adelson in 1998, operates over 145 data centres spanning fifteen countries and five continents.

Nations where Equinix have stakes include Brazil, Australia, Japan, China, France and Germany.

In May 2015, they acquired British company Telecity Group.

Based in Redwood City, California, Equinix are the leading global colocation data centre by market share, announcing revenues of $2.73 billion in 2015.

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Dion Esparza 2016-11-28
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Newly minted data centre firm Stellium will make Newcastle s northern tech hub the base for its UK data centre

Newcastle will be the home of the UK s largest purpose built data centre, courtesy of freshly-minted company Stellium, bringing more server-based services to the North.

Stellium is founded by the Noel Meaney, the founder of Citadel100 Datacenters, euNetworks and Seafibre Networks and will be targeted at delivering wholesale, rack and cloud services, with the goal of being specifically designed handling varied computing tasks and workloads.

The new data centre s campus, due to be fully operational by the end of 2016, is being touted by Stellium as having the power, scale and flexibility to provide enterprise-level cloud infrastructure, powered shell facilities, and dedicated and shared co-location services.

Server Angel of the North

The new data centre as its one dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid inter connector, which delivers up to 80MVA through four 20MVA 11kv feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.

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John Feeney 2016-11-04
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CenturyLink shifts 57 data centres, including 5 in the UK, to fund acquisition of Level3 Communications

US communications firm CenturyLink is selling its global network of data centres for $2.15 billion and will use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of rival provider Level 3 Communications, a transaction announced earlier this week.

As rumoured, BC Partners is the buyer for the data centre business, but CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of an agreement with the new owners that will take effect once the takeover is completed.

That is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.

CenturyLink had been keen to sell off its data centre business and had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion so it could focus on other areas like network services, managed hosting and cloud.

A number of other telcos, including Verizon, are also looking at offloading their data centre portfolios too.

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James Williams 2016-08-23
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Data centres are supposedly stuck in the past and only suitable for big corporations with a lot of money to spare.

According to a report published in April by 451 Research – which monitors 4,800 data centres annually – the data centre colocation market will be worth $33.2 billion around £25 billion, AU$44 billion worldwide by 2018.

In the first quarter of last year, it made $27 billion around £21 billion, AU$35 billion globally.

A number of questions need to be answered here.

And from a business perspective, what are the benefits for firms, especially SMEs?

Usually, a colocation data centre will offer facilities such as power, cooling, space and security for server, networking and storage equipment.

collect
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Jeremy Green 2016-10-07
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Equinix is believed to be the most suited acquirer.

According to a financial analyst s report, Verizon communications is expected to be drawing closer to selling its data centres to Equinix for around $3.5 billion.

Colby Synesael, a Cowen & Co LLC analyst said in a research report: We believe a transaction involving Verizon s co-location assets is imminent and that Equinix is the most likely acquirer.

Out of the 14 data centres Cowen & Co. believes may be in line to sell, the 750,000-square foot NAP of the Americas in Miami is the crown jewel.

The analyst estimates that this facility alone is responsible for about $100 million of the $250 million to $275 million in revenue they believe the portfolio generates for Verizon.

Verizon has declined to comment, instead saying that the company will provide an update on its sale process when it reports third quarter earnings.

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James Dalporto 2017-05-25
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p Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris all fell behind London in Q1 2017

CBRE says Europe’s strong 2016 performance in the data centre colocation market has continued at the start of this year as businesses look to reap the benefits of cloud computing.

The four core European hubs of London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris all enjoyed a successful first quarter in 2017, with real estate advisor CBRE reporting 26.6 mega watts (MW) of take-up and 38MW of new supply.

London was responsible for 60 percent of the European total (17.5MW) the cities second-largest quarterly total ever thanks to significant activity by local hyperscale cloud providers.

In contrast, Amsterdam recorded 3.5MW of take-up, followed by Frankfurt (3.2MW) and Paris (2.3MW).

“We predicted a strong 2017 in the European markets and Q1 has certainly delivered for us,” said Andrew Jay, executive director of data centre solutions at CBRE.

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Scott Siebenaler 2017-01-12
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With the start of a new year, every major fitness chain is encouraging customers to renew their commitment to physical fitness.

After all, a new year is a perfect time to shape up and transform for the year ahead.

While many are focused on personal growth and wellness goals, others have resolutions that incorporate the business side of transformation.

Customer expectations are at an all-time high as CIOs align for a burgeoning Digital Transformation.

Expanded adoption of cloud computing and mobility means more traffic is flowing across corporate networks – demanding they evolve into reliable, scalable, and agile business agility platforms.

Faced with aging infrastructures and outdated hardware and software, companies are prioritizing investments in hybrid IT networks.

collect
0
Shane Higgins 2017-08-03
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VIRTUS welcomes Exponential-e to its two London data centres in expanded colocation contract where it will use its facilities to meet customer demand.

Exponential-e has renewed its use of VIRTUS’ data centres in order to meet growing customer demand.

The cloud and network provider is said to have completely renewed and increased the use of the UK data centre provider’s colocation facilities.

This will be offered through the use of an environment which will include high bandwidth and direct internet exchange access, enabling Exponential-e to provide its own 100 Gigabit Ethernet, layer 2 and low latency connectivity.

Mukesh Bavisi, MD, Exponential-e said: “We started working with VIRTUS five years ago and we chose them specifically because of their credentials to help facilitate the expansion of our cloud offering and colocation services.

“In particular, we looked for a data centre solution to host our primary node for applications virtualisation and to be the hub of our retail colocation offering.”

Michelle Briggs 2017-02-22
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CBRE finds that the European data centre market for 2016 reached high record levels from colo activity.

Global real estate advisor, CBRE revealed that the European data centre market across its four major hubs reached a record take-up of 155MW in 2016.

The hubs located in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris all boosted their individual colocation activity which led to the record level.

Amsterdam, which saw a take-up of 54MW, became the first market in history to receive over 50MW of take-up in a single year, while London and Frankfurt scoring 49MW and 34MW recorded more take-up than any individual market before 2016.

The fourth major hub, located in Paris saw a take-up of 17.6MW in the year, which is alsmost more than seven times better than its performance of 2.5MW in 2015.

Paris also saw a huge surge in take-up from 2014 and 2015 during Q2 2016, according to findings from CBRE.

Arthur Morgan 2018-01-12
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London is the only EMEA metro area in the top revenue ranking.

Colocation data centres are becoming increasingly concentrated in key metro locations, withcolo market growth steadily increasing in all major metros in Q3 2017 – but wholesale growth stands out as the frontrunner.

Just 20 metro areas account for 59% of worldwide retail and wholesale colocation revenues, according to data released by Synergy Research Group.

New figures rank the five most significant global metro areas in terms of revenue as: Washington, New York, Tokyo, London and Shanghai, meaning the UK’s capital continues to fly the flag for the European tech market on the world stage.

These five metros alone account for a quarter (26%) of the global colo market.

Over the last four quarters, the rise in colocation revenue among the top five metro areas beat worldwide growth by two percentage points, showing the global market is becoming increasingly concentrated in this direction.

Jose Wenger 2016-12-06
img

Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours.

However, when you re specifying a large project such as a data centre that is going to be the centrepiece of your business, then future trends become much more important.

servers, storage and location are among other factors to consider.

The new class of application – built using technologies like virtualisation, containers and micro-services and accessing multiple external services – presents a radically different workflow to the standard application.

We are well beyond the days of the north-south web services infrastructure, where the data would come in from the network, to some front-end that would access an application service, access data, and then send it back up the pipeline.

Current applications are talking to each other; there are endpoints that need to collaborate, and work together; and there is a much higher degree of virtualisation that is taking place.

David Shiner 2016-09-26
img

Leading cloud provider announces expansions following high customer demand.

Cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services supplier Interxion has announced that it will be expanding in three cities following in response to customer demand.

Interxion has revealed an increase within its 2016 annual capital expenditure guidance at €260m to €280m.

The firm, which already has a total of 42 data centres in 11 European countries, will construct its eleventh data centre in Frankfurt and make expansions to its data centres in Paris and Marseille in order to satisfy customer requests.

The final two phases of FRA10 based in Frankfurt are expected to open in Q4 2016, with over 80 percent of the capacity being sold.

Interxion will build FRA11, with a provision of 4,800 square meters of equipped space and 10 MW of customer-available power when fully built out.

Dion Esparza 2016-11-28
img

Newly minted data centre firm Stellium will make Newcastle s northern tech hub the base for its UK data centre

Newcastle will be the home of the UK s largest purpose built data centre, courtesy of freshly-minted company Stellium, bringing more server-based services to the North.

Stellium is founded by the Noel Meaney, the founder of Citadel100 Datacenters, euNetworks and Seafibre Networks and will be targeted at delivering wholesale, rack and cloud services, with the goal of being specifically designed handling varied computing tasks and workloads.

The new data centre s campus, due to be fully operational by the end of 2016, is being touted by Stellium as having the power, scale and flexibility to provide enterprise-level cloud infrastructure, powered shell facilities, and dedicated and shared co-location services.

Server Angel of the North

The new data centre as its one dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid inter connector, which delivers up to 80MVA through four 20MVA 11kv feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.

James Williams 2016-08-23
img

Data centres are supposedly stuck in the past and only suitable for big corporations with a lot of money to spare.

According to a report published in April by 451 Research – which monitors 4,800 data centres annually – the data centre colocation market will be worth $33.2 billion around £25 billion, AU$44 billion worldwide by 2018.

In the first quarter of last year, it made $27 billion around £21 billion, AU$35 billion globally.

A number of questions need to be answered here.

And from a business perspective, what are the benefits for firms, especially SMEs?

Usually, a colocation data centre will offer facilities such as power, cooling, space and security for server, networking and storage equipment.

James Dalporto 2017-05-25
img

p Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris all fell behind London in Q1 2017

CBRE says Europe’s strong 2016 performance in the data centre colocation market has continued at the start of this year as businesses look to reap the benefits of cloud computing.

The four core European hubs of London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris all enjoyed a successful first quarter in 2017, with real estate advisor CBRE reporting 26.6 mega watts (MW) of take-up and 38MW of new supply.

London was responsible for 60 percent of the European total (17.5MW) the cities second-largest quarterly total ever thanks to significant activity by local hyperscale cloud providers.

In contrast, Amsterdam recorded 3.5MW of take-up, followed by Frankfurt (3.2MW) and Paris (2.3MW).

“We predicted a strong 2017 in the European markets and Q1 has certainly delivered for us,” said Andrew Jay, executive director of data centre solutions at CBRE.

Oliver Dyer 2017-02-22
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Amsterdam passes the 50MW mark and Paris shows seven-fold increase from 2015 total

A record amount of data centre colocation activity was recorded across Europe in 2016, with 155MW of take-up throughout Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

This number doubles the previous record for annual take-up, according to global real estate adviser CBRE, with the four major European data centre markets seeing unprecedented activity as companies continue to ride the cloud wave.

Amsterdam became the first market ever to pass the 50 Megawatt MW mark for colocation take-up in a single year with 54MW, followed by London 49MW and Frankfurt 34MW who both recorded more activity than any individual market had before 2016.

The largest year-on-year increase came in Paris, with the market beating the 2.5MW recorded in 2015 to hit the 17.6MW mark in 2016

The record level of take-up in 2016 was totally unprecedented, said Andrew Jay, executive director for Data Centre Solutions at CBRE.

Mattie Wright 2016-10-11
img

A colo can help to free up IT staff.

In the world of technology, colocation, often shortened to colo, is a data centre facility that has space for rent.

Businesses are able to rent servers and other computing hardware while the facilities are provided by another company.

The facility will provide the physical security in addition to providing the space, power, and cooling, all while connecting to various telecommunication and network service providers.

The idea is to allow the IT staff of companies to focus on work that can bring value to the organisation rather than having to constantly be taking care of the infrastructure.

Space in the facilities is often rented by the rack, cabinet, cage, or room, which businesses pay for.

Beatrice Patterson 2016-10-21
img

As such it is a market that is growing overall and will certainly continue to do so in the short-to-medium term.

Nevertheless, providers of collocation services face a number of challenges as well as opportunities.

These encompass business issues such as the changing face of those who purchase their services and the structure of the colocation industry itself as well as technical requirements which include Edge Computing, Cloud Computing and the impact of data centre infrastructure management DCIM software.

In earlier times they tended to be procurement or facilities professionals; today they may be an IT manager, a chief information officer CIO or increasingly a business executive which could have a rank as high as Chief Financial Officer CFO or Chief Executive, depending on the business requirement.

There are even new roles emerging such as Chief Digital Officer CDO an executive in charge of digital strategies, and usually the change management associated with them, throughout an organisation.

The concerns of IT managers, and the vocabulary they use to express them, may be very different from those of CIOs, CEOs and CDOs.

Roy Shannon 2017-02-15
img

Colt DCS expands London data centre following customer cloud & colocation services demand.

Colt Data Centre has confirmed the completion of four data centre halls located across its flagship London 3 data centre.

An addition of 2,000 sqm of new colocation space was delivered in under six months from design to delivery, with a further 1,000 sqm of space currently under construction to be delivered in June 2017.

The space which currently offers 12MW capacity now includes an extra 6.4MW of IT capacity, showing an increase of 53 percent in the overall IT capacity offered by the facility.

The continuous demand from customers for Colt s cloud hosting and colocation services within the London marketplace is what forced the data centre expansion.

Colt Data Centre s London sites now offer a total of 17 halls, with an extra two halls to further expand its capacity later this year.

Richard Lee 2016-08-04
img

CBR looks inside the data centre giant.

Equinix is an international business which offers colocation data centres and internet exchanges to its customers, enabling interconnection.

The American corporation, founded by Jay Adelson in 1998, operates over 145 data centres spanning fifteen countries and five continents.

Nations where Equinix have stakes include Brazil, Australia, Japan, China, France and Germany.

In May 2015, they acquired British company Telecity Group.

Based in Redwood City, California, Equinix are the leading global colocation data centre by market share, announcing revenues of $2.73 billion in 2015.

John Feeney 2016-11-04
img

CenturyLink shifts 57 data centres, including 5 in the UK, to fund acquisition of Level3 Communications

US communications firm CenturyLink is selling its global network of data centres for $2.15 billion and will use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of rival provider Level 3 Communications, a transaction announced earlier this week.

As rumoured, BC Partners is the buyer for the data centre business, but CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of an agreement with the new owners that will take effect once the takeover is completed.

That is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.

CenturyLink had been keen to sell off its data centre business and had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion so it could focus on other areas like network services, managed hosting and cloud.

A number of other telcos, including Verizon, are also looking at offloading their data centre portfolios too.

Jeremy Green 2016-10-07
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Equinix is believed to be the most suited acquirer.

According to a financial analyst s report, Verizon communications is expected to be drawing closer to selling its data centres to Equinix for around $3.5 billion.

Colby Synesael, a Cowen & Co LLC analyst said in a research report: We believe a transaction involving Verizon s co-location assets is imminent and that Equinix is the most likely acquirer.

Out of the 14 data centres Cowen & Co. believes may be in line to sell, the 750,000-square foot NAP of the Americas in Miami is the crown jewel.

The analyst estimates that this facility alone is responsible for about $100 million of the $250 million to $275 million in revenue they believe the portfolio generates for Verizon.

Verizon has declined to comment, instead saying that the company will provide an update on its sale process when it reports third quarter earnings.

Scott Siebenaler 2017-01-12
img

With the start of a new year, every major fitness chain is encouraging customers to renew their commitment to physical fitness.

After all, a new year is a perfect time to shape up and transform for the year ahead.

While many are focused on personal growth and wellness goals, others have resolutions that incorporate the business side of transformation.

Customer expectations are at an all-time high as CIOs align for a burgeoning Digital Transformation.

Expanded adoption of cloud computing and mobility means more traffic is flowing across corporate networks – demanding they evolve into reliable, scalable, and agile business agility platforms.

Faced with aging infrastructures and outdated hardware and software, companies are prioritizing investments in hybrid IT networks.