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April 20, 2018: Datacentres.com: Equinix Closes Metronode Acquisition, Eyes $35bn Australian Market

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Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has closed the acquisition of Australian data centre services provider Metronode making the company one of the largest colocation providers in the country.

The acquisition, valued at around $804m, places Equinix at 15 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres nationwide.

It expands the company's operations in Sydney and Melbourne and provides a presence in four new markets: Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in December 2017 to acquire all the equity interests in Metronode group of companies.

Equinix's all-cash deal comes at a time when, according to joint research from Microsoft and IDC, digital transformation is expected to add as much as approximately $35bn to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021.

The Metronode assets add more than 860,000 square feet of land, 90% of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. These sites add approximately 215,000 square feet of gross colocation space in Australia.

The acquisition furthers local growth momentum for Equinix which has recently completed the phase two expansion of its Sydney 4 IBX (SY4) and the phase three expansion of its Melbourne 1 IBX (ME1) is expected to be completed in Q3 2018

The Equinix footprint in the Asia-Pacific region now includes 40 data centres and extends the company's global footprint to 200 data centres across 52 markets. About 60 employees will join the Equinix team in Asia-Pacific as part of the acquisition.

Samuel Lee, President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: "The acquisition of Metronode ensures Equinix will continue to strengthen its leadership position in the Asia-Pacific region and support our ongoing global expansion while further enabling Australia's digital economy.

"Equinix is increasingly helping customers to digitally transform their businesses through deploying high-level interconnections taking their infrastructure, applications and services closer to customers and partners."

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April 19: Datacentres.com: Equinix closes Metronode acquisition, eyes $35bn Australian market

M&A brings operator's number of facilities worldwide to 200 making Equinix the first colocation company in history to hold a portfolio with that amount of data centres.

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has closed the acquisition of Australian data centre services provider Metronode making the company one of the largest colocation providers in the country.

The acquisition, valued at around $804m, places Equinix at 15 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres nationwide.

It expands the company's operations in Sydney and Melbourne and provides a presence in four new markets: Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in December 2017 to acquire all the equity interests in Metronode group of companies.

Equinix's all-cash deal comes at a time when, according to joint research from Microsoft and IDC, digital transformation is expected to add as much as approximately $35bn to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021.

The Metronode assets add more than 860,000 square feet of land, 90% of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. These sites add approximately 215,000 square feet of gross colocation space in Australia.

The acquisition furthers local growth momentum for Equinix which has recently completed the phase two expansion of its Sydney 4 IBX (SY4) and the phase three expansion of its Melbourne 1 IBX (ME1) is expected to be completed in Q3 2018

The Equinix footprint in the Asia-Pacific region now includes 40 data centres and extends the company's global footprint to 200 data centres across 52 markets. About 60 employees will join the Equinix team in Asia-Pacific as part of the acquisition.

Samuel Lee, President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: "The acquisition of Metronode ensures Equinix will continue to strengthen its leadership position in the Asia-Pacific region and support our ongoing global expansion while further enabling Australia's digital economy.

April 19: Datacentres.com: Equinix Closes Metronode Acquisition, Eyes $35bn Australian Market

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has closed the acquisition of Australian data centre services provider Metronode making the company one of the largest colocation providers in the country.

The acquisition, valued at around $804m, places Equinix at 15 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres nationwide.

It expands the company's operations in Sydney and Melbourne and provides a presence in four new markets: Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in December 2017 to acquire all the equity interests in Metronode group of companies.

Equinix's all-cash deal comes at a time when, according to joint research from Microsoft and IDC, digital transformation is expected to add as much as approximately $35bn to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021.

The Metronode assets add more than 860,000 square feet of land, 90% of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. These sites add approximately 215,000 square feet of gross colocation space in Australia.

The acquisition furthers local growth momentum for Equinix which has recently completed the phase two expansion of its Sydney 4 IBX (SY4) and the phase three expansion of its Melbourne 1 IBX (ME1) is expected to be completed in Q3 2018

The Equinix footprint in the Asia-Pacific region now includes 40 data centres and extends the company's global footprint to 200 data centres across 52 markets. About 60 employees will join the Equinix team in Asia-Pacific as part of the acquisition.

Samuel Lee, President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: "The acquisition of Metronode ensures Equinix will continue to strengthen its leadership position in the Asia-Pacific region and support our ongoing global expansion while further enabling Australia's digital economy.

April 18: Datacentres.com: GDS Holdings buys Chinese data centre, promises to 'pursue more acquisitions'

Site to expanded and double in size in the coming months as a "major cloud and internet customer" already occupies the first phase of the development.

GDS Holdings (NASDAQ:GDS) has carried out another IT infrastructure acquisition this time in Guangzhou, China. Financial details have not been disclosed.

The asset is a future 140,000 sqf data centre facility - GZ3 - and will be developed in three phases.

The first phase, comprising 71,000 sqf, is already operational and fully committed by a major cloud and internet customer.

GZ3 is located in the same vicinity as the existing GZ1 and GZ2 data centres, creating a data centre cluster all anchored by major cloud and internet customers.

The addition of GZ3, when fully developed, will double GDS' total capacity in the Guangzhou market. The acquisition is expected to close in the next couple of months, subject to customary closing conditions.

William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS Holdings, said: "We are pleased to announce the acquisition of GZ3 that will further strengthen our position in Guangzhou.

"Not only does this acquisition meaningfully expand our presence in a key metro area, the value-enhancing synergies with the adjacent GZ1 and GZ2 facilities create a compelling proposition that allow us to uniquely serve the needs of our customers.

"GZ3 represents our fourth acquisition of a data centre project in the past two years, and as part of our ongoing sourcing strategy, we will continue to pursue acquisitions of this type in tandem with our organic growth effort.

"In this booming China market, our demonstrated ability to provide continuous resource supply that underpins the expansion needs of our customers sets us apart from others and is a hallmark of our industry leadership."

GDS has over the last few months carried out several acquisitions, investments and signed up some large customers, such as Alibaba which became the company's anchor tenant in Hebei.

April 18: GDS Holdings Buys Chinese Data Centre, Promises To 'Pursue More Acquisitions'

GDS Holdings (NASDAQ:GDS) has carried out another IT infrastructure acquisition this time in Guangzhou, China. Financial details have not been disclosed.

The asset is a future 140,000 sqf data centre facility - GZ3 - and will be developed in three phases.

The first phase, comprising 71,000 sqf, is already operational and fully committed by a major cloud and internet customer.

GZ3 is located in the same vicinity as the existing GZ1 and GZ2 data centres, creating a data centre cluster all anchored by major cloud and internet customers.

The addition of GZ3, when fully developed, will double GDS' total capacity in the Guangzhou market. The acquisition is expected to close in the next couple of months, subject to customary closing conditions.

William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS Holdings, said: "We are pleased to announce the acquisition of GZ3 that will further strengthen our position in Guangzhou.

"Not only does this acquisition meaningfully expand our presence in a key metro area, the value-enhancing synergies with the adjacent GZ1 and GZ2 facilities create a compelling proposition that allow us to uniquely serve the needs of our customers.

"GZ3 represents our fourth acquisition of a data centre project in the past two years, and as part of our ongoing sourcing strategy, we will continue to pursue acquisitions of this type in tandem with our organic growth effort.

"In this booming China market, our demonstrated ability to provide continuous resource supply that underpins the expansion needs of our customers sets us apart from others and is a hallmark of our industry leadership."

Source: Company Website

April 13: Datacentres.com: Telin Hong Kong launches data centre connected to SUNeVision and Equinix

Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Hong Kong), (Telin Hong Kong), a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) has brought online its latest data centre estate in the city also known as Pearl of the Orient.

The Hong Kong infrastructure located at Itech Tower 2 as been named neuCentrIX HK-1 and is equipped with capacity 600-800 KVA with 200 rack (3-4 KVA max/rack).

The data centre is connected to MEGA-I, a SUNeVision iAdvantage centre, and Equinix.

The site has been designed to deliver data centre services including collocation, network and connectivity, IP transit, Direct Internet Access, Content Delivery Network, Cloud services, Inter-rack connection, smart hand and storage space provision.

The opening of the site attended by industry leaders and the ribbon cutting ceremony was trusted to Director of Carrier & International Business Telkom, Abdus Somad Arief and CEO Telin, Faizal R. Djoemadi.

Faizal said: "We established neuCentrIX with such designed capacity to provide colocation and hosting services to small and big enterprises in APAC and Greater China regions. This data center will also provide other value-added services such as Inter-rack cabling, Smart hand, Storage space, Meeting Room, and Remote Peering over Telin's Point of Presence."

The neuCentrIX is the most recent product added to PT's data centre portfolio in the South East Asian region.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia, tbk (Telkom), the parent company of Telin, has, however, a global footprint built through its subsidiaries.

In 2016 alone, the company built more than one million square feet of data centre space, reporting general revenues of $8.7bn.

Some of the data centres are located in some of SEA's fastest growing colocation hotspots, including Changi and Jurong and other neuCentrIX data centres in Jakarta, Medan, Bandung, Surabaya, Batam, Balikpapan, Jogja, Denpasar, Manado, and Makassar.

April 12: Datacentres.com: Telin Hong Kong launches data centre connected to SUNeVision and Equinix

Source: Company WebsiteNew addition adds to 45,000 sqf of data centre space owned by parent company Telekomunikasi Indonesia whose revenues in 2016 topped nearly $9bn.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Hong Kong), (Telin Hong Kong), a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) has brought online its latest data centre estate in the city also known as Pearl of the Orient.

The Hong Kong infrastructure located at Itech Tower 2 as been named neuCentrIX HK-1 and is equipped with capacity 600-800 KVA with 200 rack (3-4 KVA max/rack).

The data centre is connected to MEGA-I, a SUNeVision iAdvantage centre, and Equinix.

The site has been designed to deliver data centre services including collocation, network and connectivity, IP transit, Direct Internet Access, Content Delivery Network, Cloud services, Inter-rack connection, smart hand and storage space provision.

The opening of the site attended by industry leaders and the ribbon cutting ceremony was trusted to Director of Carrier & International Business Telkom, Abdus Somad Arief and CEO Telin, Faizal R. Djoemadi.

Faizal said: "We established neuCentrIX with such designed capacity to provide colocation and hosting services to small and big enterprises in APAC and Greater China regions. This data center will also provide other value-added services such as Inter-rack cabling, Smart hand, Storage space, Meeting Room, and Remote Peering over Telin's Point of Presence."

The neuCentrIX is the most recent product added to PT's data centre portfolio in the South East Asian region.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia, tbk (Telkom), the parent company of Telin, has, however, a global footprint built through its subsidiaries.

In 2016 alone, the company built more than one million square feet of data centre space, reporting general revenues of $8.7bn.

April 09: Datacentres.com: Munters launch new cooling technology to the world of data centres

Munters group has announced the launch of an exciting new cooling technology into the Data Centre industry. SyCool(Registered) ITC, Indirect Thermosyphon Cooling, provides an efficient cooling solution for new and existing data centres where access to a suitable water supply may be limited, expensive or unreliable.

Designed specifically for data centres and driven by industry demand, SyCool ITC (patent pending) uses the waste heat from the data centre and a combination of gravity and a syphon effect, to drive a refrigeration cycle capable of operating without pumps or compressors, providing remarkable levels of energy efficiency. Initially launched as a packaged Air Handling Unit (AHU) system, subsequent versions of SyCool will include "Split Systems", such as above-aisle modules and perimeter CRAH units, providing scalable cooling for new build and retrofit applications. SyCool ITC eliminates the potential risk of contamination from air pollutants, as there is no outside air gaining access to the data hall.

The packaged AHU version of SyCool has been designed such that the units may be installed side-by-side with no space between, with all service access from the ends. Positioning an uninterrupted bank of packaged SyCool units along the perimeter of a data hall will provide class-leading levels of cooling output per linear metre of outside wall.

With a nominal capacity of 250kW, the P250 packaged system will be the first pump-free system to market, offering a best-in-class dry cooling solution and boasting features such as HFO refrigerant-ready; oil-free, low pressure thermosyphon circuits; no moving parts; zero water consumption and significant energy savings compared to the most efficient pumped refrigerant systems currently available on the market.

Source: Company Website

March 15: Datacentres.com: Park Place makes yet another data centre maintenance acquisition

Park Place Technologies has expanded its global data centre maintenance business with the acquisition of Ireland's Origina Technology Services, an IBM specialist. Through the acquisition of Dublin-based Origina, Park Place Technologies claims it will become the largest third-party maintenance provider (TPM) in Ireland.

It says it will increase its ability to service its client portfolio in the region, further enhance its European presence and expand the company's depth of IBM expertise in Ireland.

"As an independent provider of maintenance for data centre assets, Origina Technology Services has distinguished itself as a leader in the hardware maintenance category in Ireland," said Ed Kenty, CEO of Park Place Technologies. "Origina Technology Services' technical expertise and customer-centric approach has enabled the business to achieve tremendous success and rapid growth in data centre maintenance services."

Tomas O'Leary, CEO of Origina, said: "Origina Technology Services has successfully harnessed the power of a collective support eco-system to evolve from its origins as an IBM Business Partner and become an independent provider."

He said: "As our hardware maintenance business integrates with that of Park Place Technologies, our customers will benefit from Park Place's scalability, products, services and support, including the company's recently launched ParkView service [which is designed to improve operations and uptime]."

Origina's IBM independent software maintenance business, its customers and remaining staff will be unaffected by the "strategic divestiture", said O'Leary. "Park Place will bring the investment and focus our hardware business needs to continue its growth, while, at the same time, freeing up management focus on our internationally expanding software maintenance business."

Park Place Technologies is establishing an office in Dublin, with Origina Technology Services re-branded under Park Place Technologies' name.

The acquisition is Park Place Technologies' second acquisition in 2018 and follows four previous ones the company completed in 2017.

March 13: Park Place Makes Yet Another Data Centre Maintenance Acquisition

Park Place Technologies has expanded its global data centre maintenance business with the acquisition of Ireland's Origina Technology Services, an IBM specialist. Through the acquisition of Dublin-based Origina, Park Place Technologies claims it will become the largest third-party maintenance provider (TPM) in Ireland.

It says it will increase its ability to service its client portfolio in the region, further enhance its European presence and expand the company's depth of IBM expertise in Ireland.

"As an independent provider of maintenance for data centre assets, Origina Technology Services has distinguished itself as a leader in the hardware maintenance category in Ireland," said Ed Kenty, CEO of Park Place Technologies. "Origina Technology Services' technical expertise and customer-centric approach has enabled the business to achieve tremendous success and rapid growth in data centre maintenance services."

Tomas O'Leary, CEO of Origina, said: "Origina Technology Services has successfully harnessed the power of a collective support eco-system to evolve from its origins as an IBM Business Partner and become an independent provider."

He said: "As our hardware maintenance business integrates with that of Park Place Technologies, our customers will benefit from Park Place's scalability, products, services and support, including the company's recently launched ParkView service [which is designed to improve operations and uptime]."

Origina's IBM independent software maintenance business, its customers and remaining staff will be unaffected by the "strategic divestiture", said O'Leary. "Park Place will bring the investment and focus our hardware business needs to continue its growth, while, at the same time, freeing up management focus on our internationally expanding software maintenance business."

Park Place Technologies is establishing an office in Dublin, with Origina Technology Services re-branded under Park Place Technologies' name.

The acquisition is Park Place Technologies' second acquisition in 2018 and follows four previous ones the company completed in 2017.

March 08: Datacentres.com: Zenium Data Centers scales up CAPEX with 300,000 sqf land acquisition

Data centre services provider Zenium has said it plans to purchase 6.8 acres, or 296,000 sqf, of land in Willhelm Fay Strasse, Frankfurt, to build a third facility in Europe's second largest colocation market.

The freehold land is currently owned by DATA-Center Frankfurt West GmbH. Financial deals of the transaction have not been disclosed.

The new data centre, named Frankfurt Three, is due to break ground in Q4 2018 and will amount to a total build area of 274,000 sqf GEA.

The campus scheme is designed to include two attached, four floors, data centres offering a total of 118,400 sqf of technical space.

The facility will provide a total IT load of 22 MW and benefit from 40MVA total incoming power, and multiple fibre providers providing carrier neutral connectivity.

Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO of Zenium, said: "Frankfurt has been cited as one of the top 5 European data center markets, experiencing competition from London, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin but there has been a lack of supply to meet demand in this territory. There is certainly an element of lack of supply to meet demand in this territory, and this has increased in the last couple of years.

"Our decision to further invest in Frankfurt will provide additional capacity which we believe will be welcomed by hyperscale cloud providers and Fortune 500 companies alike. These organisations require purpose-built, highly efficient technical space, which we have a reputation for delivering."

In the last 15 years, the Zenium management team has raised over $2.2bn in debt and equity and has conceived, designed and delivered over 4.3 million sqf of raised floor space, securing over 100 individual customer agreements.

The Zenium data centre portfolio, including the proposed Frankfurt Three campus scheme, totals 385,700 sqf of technical space within three data centres in Frankfurt and two in London.

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