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?
Combining a proprietary panel of more than 50,000 senior IT buyers with our robust data-collection methodologies, 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenter Transformation tracks and analyzes the disruption occurring in the market today and exposes the major opportunities for enterprises, IT vendors, suppliers and investors. The study represents more than 1,000 completes of a web-based survey, completed by IT and datacenter facilities decision-makers worldwide, primarily based in North America and Europe, and supplemented by 20 in-depth, phone-based interviews. The sample is representative of small, medium, large and very large organizations in both the private and public sectors. In addition to regular quarterly topics, the survey focuses on evaluations of colocation vendors both prior to purchase and after implementation. This includes the 451 Research Vendor Window, which plots enterprise adoption as well as Promise and Fulfillment indices that compare vendors' effectiveness at both marketing and execution. The Vendor Promise Index is designed to measure the perception of a vendor prior to purchase, while the Vendor Fulfillment Index is designed as a measure of execution effectiveness around service delivery and product performance post implementation. The study also looks at IT infrastructure and datacenter facility spending trends, datacenter building plans and workload deployment locations.
Secure cloud services provider StackPath has acquired Highwinds Network Group, which offers CDN services. It bought Highwinds as part of a strategy to build an infrastructure services company that aims to combine web hosting, delivery and security functions into a unified platform for developers.
The company continues its success in countries in Latin America as it invests in datacenter and IT services in the region to support multi-Latina as well as global multinational customers operating in the region.
Lumos Networks has purchased Charlotte, North Carolina-based DC74 Data Centers. With the deal, Lumos adds three more datacenters to its existing portfolio of facilities, and expands its reach into the enterprise customer base that it covets.
The company's newest service still delivers content (in this case, ads), with the twist being that an alternate piece of content is being served to consumers who have decided to block all ads.
The company continues its path toward a national footprint with the acquisition of 365 Data Centers' facilities in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. DataBank remains focused on entering emerging markets and gaining facilities with high interconnection opportunities.
H5 Data Centers is continuing its national growth by entering Cleveland via acquisition. The company has purchased ByteGrid's downtown datacenter, bringing it to nearly 1.5 million square feet across the US.
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