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Data Center Provider Involta Raises $50M in Private Equity
Involta’s data center in Duluth, Minnesota. (Photo: Involta)

Data Center Provider Involta Raises $50M in Private Equity

M/C Partners-led round to boost provider’s play for low-tier U.S. data center markets

Data center service provider Involta has raised $50 million in private equity in a round led by M/C Partners, with participation by Morgan Stanley.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Involta provides a range of data center outsourcing services, including colocation, managed services and consulting. It operates five data centers in Ohio, Idaho, Minnesota, Iowa and Arizona.

Investment in lower-tier U.S. data center markets has been pouring in at a steady pace this year, and the Involta deal is only the most recent example of the continued flow of data center private equity.

Other examples include a $100 million round raised by Compass Datacenters, Online Tech’s acquisition of an Indianapolis data center and DataBank’s acquisition of Arsalon – a Lenexa, Kansas, provider. All three deals took place in May.

In June, we reported on TierPoint’s acquisition of a data center in Philadelphia, following recapitalization of the company via acquisition by its own management team together with a group of investors.

Involta data center locations:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Marion, Iowa
  • Tucson, Arizona

Gillis Cashman, managing partner at M/C Partners, said the private equity firm saw Involta play a leading role as a data center provider in “underdeveloped” Tier II and Tier III markets. “There is a tremendous need for infrastructure in those areas, and Involta is very well positioned to address those needs,” Cashman said.

M/C Partners already has a few data center deals with successful exits under its belt. It has invested in Fusepoint, a managed hosting and colocation firm sold to Savvis in 2010, and in Attenda, a UK managed hosting provider sold to London’s Darwin Private Equity in 2011.

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