M&A Action: Akamai acquires FastSoft

In this week’s M&AS news, Akamai (AKAM) has acquired content acceleration software provider FastSoft, CA Technologies (CA) acquires Paragon Global Technology, and AMD invests in cloud-based gaming provider CiiNOW. Read More

With an Eye on the Street, Equinix to Become a REIT

Equinix continues to dominate in all major colocation markets, except China, where local providers have a tight grip on the market (Photo: Equinix)

Equinix plans to convert to a real estate investment trust (REIT), a move that may make the company’s shares even more attractive to investors. The colocation provider says the conversion will have no impact on its data centers or services, but will allow the company to pay distributions to shareholders, with an initial payout in 2014 of at least $700 million. Read More

Nutanix Brings SAN-free Data Center, Raises $33 Million


Nutanix has built a compute and storage infrastructure for implementing enterprise-class virtualization without complex and expensive external network storage (like a SAN or NAS). Last week Nutanix raised a new round of financing, led by current investors and joined by a few new ones. Read More

Analysts See Gains for Equinix in REIT Conversion

Analysts say that switching to a real estate investment trust could yield big tax savings for Equinix (EQIX), perhaps as much as $312 million in the first two years as a REIT. Converting to a REIT is likely to prompt a morew favorable valuation from investors, according to Bloomberg news. Read More

Equinix, DFT Pace Second Quarter Winners


Data center developer DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) and colocation provider Equinix (EQIX) had the strongest performances among public companies in the data center industry in the second quarter of 2012, notching double-digit gains amid a mixed showing for the sector. Read More

Blockbuster Quarter for Data Center Stocks


It was a spectacular quarter for data center stocks, as investor interest in the growth of cloud computing spurred big gains for providers exhibiting leadership in cloud technologies. Equinix (EQIX) led the way, with shares gaining 55 percent in just three months. Read More

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