Even after a recent record tech M&A run, dealmakers still had ambitious shopping plans in 2016. Across the globe, tech acquirers announced $500bn worth of transactions in the just-completed year, ranking 2016 as the second-highest annual total since the internet bubble burst. More than any other year, 2016 saw an expansion of buyers beyond the 'usual suspects,' as old-line companies got caught up in transforming their businesses through M&A.
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2016 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the multi-tenant datacenter, hosting and managed services sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
The datacenter branch of one of Hong Kong's leading real estate developers recently opened its second facility, a brownfield construction in a densely populated area. The project illustrates the many challenges wholesale providers consistently have to deal with.
The company is finding success with cloud and other service providers, as well as a number of enterprise deals following a pivot in strategy and marketing campaigns. The diversity of Volta's floor space and more flexible contract terms are helping it attract new business.
This deal ensures Equinix can continue growth in a leading London market datacenter hub, but engineers must first work out their future with IO's prefabricated pods.
The Singapore-based commercial real estate firm recently made its first foray into the wholesale datacenter business. The move sees Kingsland enter a highly competitive datacenter market, with a number of regional and global providers having completed new facilities in the last couple of years.
The colocation provider continues to pull connectivity-rich services into the UK with a strong pipeline already in place for Phase 1 of its newest build, an 11-story tower in London.
The colocation provider's growth highlights the shift in demand that is driving more customers to Frankfurt, which the company now labels the 'home of the cloud.'
The company has been increasing its investments in datacenters over the past three years, and has stated that it wants to invest further in the datacenter industry. So far, ST Telemedia has invested in datacenters in China, India, the UK and Singapore, which leaves plenty of key economic areas still to cover.
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