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

Colocation big Equinix has extra an further five hundred new companies to its Canadian consumer base pursuing the closure of its $780m acquisition of neighborhood datacentre operator Bell.

The offer, at first announced in June 2020, will see Equinix boost the amount of datacentres it operates in the nation by thirteen, which equates to an additional one.2 million gross sq. ft of datacentre capability being extra to its all round server farm portfolio.

In total, it now indicates the enterprise operates 15 datacentres in Canada, which include two in Toronto that have been operated under the Equinix brand name given that 2010 and 2015 respectively.

By way of the acquisition, it now has a additional 4 services in Toronto, as properly as three many others in Calgary, and solitary-internet site server farms in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg, way too. Equinix has also extra an further 160 personnel to its workforce as a final result of the offer.

With the acquisition now complete, the enterprise reported it will now set about deploying its computer software-defined networking-enabled Equinix Cloud Exchange Material (ECX Material) interconnection support throughout these sites, so that shoppers can make datacentre-to-datacentre connections among services within its 220-strong server farm portfolio.

In accordance to the enterprise, the offer will provide to “solidify” Equinix’s placement as Canada’s “leading electronic infrastructure provider” centered on meeting the colocation requires of companies based mostly in the nation, and multinationals with satellite workplaces there.

On this position, Jon Lin, president of the Americas at Equinix, extra: “It strengthens relationships with Canadian enterprises, quite a few of which prefer neighborhood qualifications and have multi-metro demands, when maximizing relationships with world wide businesses looking to operate in the Canadian industry.”

Jason Bremner, exploration vice-president of analyst home IDC, reported the acquisition is a savvy shift on Equinix’s portion, presented Canada is residence to the tenth greatest overall economy in the world.

“It is also residence to a flourishing aggregation of multinational businesses that are seeking a clear and rapid migration path to electronic transformation,” he ongoing.

“We hope to see Canadian investing on electronic transformation access C$28bn in 2020 with a growth level of seven%, as companies search to accelerate their electronic initiatives.

“This acquisition will offer both Canadian businesses and multinationals working in Canada with a strong new selection for creating out and handling their electronic infrastructure at key edge metros within the country,” he extra.

The Canadian acquisition is the most recent in a prolonged line of bargains the enterprise has struck in latest instances, as seeks to construct on its industry dominance within the colocation throughout the world, and tap into the demand from customers its seeing for capability from hyperscalers and enterprises a like.

These incorporate last month’s acquisition of two datacentres in India, which has paved the way for its growth into the nation.

In the meantime, details published in April 2020 by Synergy Analysis Team confirmed the datacentre industry is by now savoring a report yr of M&A action, with the price of bargains shut by now exceeding 2019 ranges just 4 months into this yr.