About $20 billion worth of data center assets switched hands in 2017 making it the biggest year for data center M&A yet, according to Synergy Research. Here are five of the year's biggest deals:
Latest report from Synergy estimates that the total volume of data center M&A deals in 2017 reached $20 billion. Forty-eight transactions closed last year – three more than in 2015 and 2016 combined.
Hybrid cloud partnerships, massive public cloud meltdowns, the cloud's effect on the colocation industry, and hyper-scale network design were among the most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge in 2017.
Here are the biggest trends and events that made the year a transformative one for the industry.
Agrees to pay $440 million for business with four large data centers in London and Frankfurt
Already a dominant player in Australia, Equinix will now expand in Sydney and Melbourne and enter new markets.
Cloud giants are investing heavily in data center capacity in the highly strategic Asian hub, but most of the investment isn’t going to wholesale data center providers.
Deal to add four US data center locations to Iron Mountain’s colocation footprint
Follows other new entrants Switch, DataBank, and Ascent into network-rich market
New Cloud Exchange Fabric uses SDN to shrink interconnection lead times from months to minutes