Equinix adds 13 Canadian datacentres to its portfolio as $178m Bell acquisition completes

Colocation big Equinix has extra an added 500 new companies to its Canadian buyer base

Colocation big Equinix has extra an added 500 new companies to its Canadian buyer base next the closure of its $780m acquisition of nearby datacentre operator Bell.

The deal, initially declared in June 2020, will see Equinix raise the number of datacentres it operates in the place by 13, which equates to yet another 1.two million gross square ft of datacentre ability remaining extra to its all round server farm portfolio.

In whole, it now usually means the corporation operates 15 datacentres in Canada, such as two in Toronto that have been operated beneath the Equinix manufacturer given that 2010 and 2015 respectively.

Through the acquisition, it now has a even further four services in Toronto, as effectively as a few other folks in Calgary, and one-website server farms in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg, too. Equinix has also extra an added 160 workers to its workforce as a final result of the deal.

With the acquisition now complete, the corporation reported it will now set about deploying its program-described networking-enabled Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) interconnection company throughout these sites, so that buyers can make datacentre-to-datacentre connections between services in just its 220-sturdy server farm portfolio.

According to the corporation, the deal will provide to “solidify” Equinix’s place as Canada’s “leading electronic infrastructure provider” targeted on conference the colocation requires of companies centered in the place, and multinationals with satellite workplaces there.

On this position, Jon Lin, president of the Americas at Equinix, extra: “It strengthens interactions with Canadian enterprises, lots of of which like nearby qualifications and have multi-metro requirements, although enhancing interactions with international companies seeking to run in the Canadian market place.”

Jason Bremner, investigation vice-president of analyst home IDC, reported the acquisition is a savvy go on Equinix’s aspect, presented Canada is home to the tenth premier economic system in the globe.

“It is also home to a thriving aggregation of multinational companies that are seeking a distinct and rapid migration path to electronic transformation,” he ongoing.

“We hope to see Canadian expending on electronic transformation arrive at C$28bn in 2020 with a progress rate of 7%, as companies glance to speed up their electronic initiatives.

“This acquisition will offer both Canadian companies and multinationals functioning in Canada with a sturdy new option for developing out and handling their electronic infrastructure at essential edge metros in just the country,” he extra.

The Canadian acquisition is the most current in a very long line of specials the corporation has struck in new occasions, as seeks to make on its market place dominance in just the colocation throughout the globe, and tap into the demand from customers its viewing for ability from hyperscalers and enterprises a like.

These include last month’s acquisition of two datacentres in India, which has paved the way for its enlargement into the place.

Meanwhile, information released in April 2020 by Synergy Investigate Group verified the datacentre market place is now enjoying a document year of M&A exercise, with the worth of specials shut now exceeding 2019 levels just four months into this year.