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The temperature is rising in the hot aisle for data centre businesses – $20bn was spent on mergers and acquisitions last year.
Synergy Research Group data says the 2017 total doubled the figure from the year before, which itself was well up on 2015.
M - A - Deal - Week - Average
There was almost one significant M&A deal closed each week on average in the year.
Digital Realty spent $7.6bn acquiring DuPont Fabros in the largest deal of the year. Equinix, Cyxtera, Peak 10 and Digital Bridge all bought other suppliers in deals valued at a billion dollars or more.
Deals - Range - Ones
Another 12 deals were in the $100m-$1bn range, and 31 smaller ones were each valued at up to $100m.
The two main acquirers were Digital Realty and Equinix, who combined accounted for more than 50 per cent of the M&A deal value in 2017. Equinix made acquisitions in all four regions of the world, while Digital Realty concentrated on the USA and Europe.
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