The Evocative data center in Emeryville, California, formerly owned by 365 Data Centers (Photo: Yevgeniy Sverdlik)

Evocative Appoints New CEO, Acquires Bay Area Data Centers

West Coast data center provider Evocative has expanded its San Francisco Bay Area presence, acquiring two facilities from 365 Data Centers, one in Emeryville and the other in San Jose.

The deal took place before 365 was acquired by a pair of private investors last month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company also announced appointment of a new CEO. Arman Khalili, a long-time internet infrastructure entrepreneur, took Evocative’s helm in February, the company announced Wednesday.

See also: Investors Take Over 365 Data Centers, What’s Next?

The two former 365 facilities bring Evocative’s portfolio to five locations — which also include San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas – adding 40,000 square feet of data center space total.

This is the second time the Emeryville facility has come under Evocative’s ownership. The company sold it to 365 Main (a past incarnation of 365) in 2013.

Khalili’s most recent venture prior to joining Evocative was running CentralColo, a data center provider he founded. He’s also worked as CEO of Black Lotus, a DDoS mitigation company acquired by Level 3, and founded UnitedLayer, a San Francisco data center provider.

In a statement, Khalili said he plans to continue expanding Evocative, through both construction and acquisition. So far, that strategy appears to be focused on the West Coast, where the company is planning to open more data centers within the next year.

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