Telecommunications provider Vocus Communications has bought the Bentley data center in western Australia from IT solutions provider ASG, which will remain in the facility as a tenant. The purchase price was AU$11.7 million.
ASG will continue providing consulting, cloud and managed hosting services at the facility. Vocus gains a preferred-supplier relationship with ASG, a sizable provider with about 600 employees across the country and over 120 customers. Selling the data center will enable ASG to focus on providing IT business solutions rather than managing the facility, while Vocus expands its data center footprint.
The acquisition also comes with many other existing customers. Opened in 2011, the Bentley data center serves some of Australia’s largest mining and utility companies under long-term contracts.
Vocus owns and operates eight data centers across Australia and New Zealand. It expanded into New Zealand through acquisition of data center provider Maxnet in 2012. It recently acquired fiber company FX Networks in a push into the New Zealand market.
Vocus provides three main products: internet access, data centers and fiber networks. It owns a portion of a submarine cable that connects Perth with Asia, as well as a portion of the Southern Cross cable that connects to the U.S.
The Australian data center market is growing, and the country has a high rate of cloud adoption. Many U.S. companies and service providers set up shop there as a way to better serve the Asia-Pacific region.
The data center is located on the fringes of the Perth central business district in the Bentley Technology Park. It is about four kilometers from another Vocus data center.
“The acquisition continues our investment in Perth and provides Vocus with additional resources to serve the fast-growing western Australia market,” said Vocus CEO James Spencely. “We look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship with these clients and with ASG for many years to come.”