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Vantage Data Centers acquires Europe’s largest data centre campus

Vantage Data Centers has announced the closing of its acquisition of UK-based Next Generation Data (NGD) from InfraVia, along with the two founders of NGD.

Cardiff marks Vantage’s sixth European market following its acquisition of Etix Everywhere and entrance into Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich in February 2020.  

“The acceleration of digital transformation that continues to be at the forefront of our global economy emphasises the need for reliable data centre capacity that can scale quickly to meet skyrocketing demand,” said Sureel Choksi, president and CEO, Vantage Data Centers.

“Vantage is excited to enter the UK market and is committed to growing around the world in locations that are most critical to our hyperscale and cloud customers.” 

The acquisition provides Vantage’s customers with access to Europe’s largest data centre campus, which is in the Cardiff Capital Region of South Wales.

The campus totals 180MW, including an existing 72MW facility and 108MW of expansion capacity.

Joining Vantage Europe is the NGD team, including former CEO Justin Jenkins who will serve as chief operating officer of Vantage Europe and president of Vantage UK.

“Data centre growth in Europe is reaching unprecedented levels,” said Jenkins. “The NGD team and I are elated to join Vantage to serve customers not only in the UK, but across Europe. Together, we will accelerate our shared vision to become the preeminent hyperscale data centre provider globally.” 

The NGD acquisition was funded with equity commitments from Digital Colony Partners and other investors in Vantage, as well as acquisition debt financing. 

“As the world continues fighting this global pandemic and experiences a secular shift in enterprise cloud adoption, the rapid development of data centres is more critical than ever to meet heightened customer demand,” said Marc Ganzi, CEO of Colony Capital, Inc. and Digital Colony.

“Vantage Europe’s acquisition of NGD is a significant example of providing hyperscale capacity to an underserved market. We at Digital Colony are committed to supporting our portfolio companies to serve this growing need.”

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