Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses has entered the Asia-Pacific market, signalling the massive digital consumption in the region.
DigitalBridge Investment Management, Vantage’s major stakeholder, along with participation from other existing investors, contributed an additional $1.5 billion in equity capital, giving a further fillip to the region’s digital ambitions.
Vantage’s APAC expansion is anchored by two acquisitions. It has bought Agile Data Centers, a provider in the Asia-Pacific region developing greenfield hyperscale campuses totaling 168MW of critical IT load in Tokyo, Osaka and Melbourne.
Additionally, Vantage has acquired the data centre portfolio of PCCW Ltd. (PCCW DC), which DigitalBridge previously announced plans to acquire, will become part of Vantage upon the transaction closing. The closing is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 subject to customary closing conditions.
PCCW DC is one of the region’s leading data centre businesses with approximately 100MW of existing and expansion critical IT load across multiple facilities in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
“As we continue building a global digital infrastructure platform, we recognized a strategic opportunity to combine the market penetration, expertise and strength of two valuable portfolio companies, Vantage and Agile, with the established foothold of PCCW DC to serve customers in this high growth region,” said Jon Mauck, senior managing director of DigitalBridge Investment Management.
“The Vantage team has proven across North America and Europe that it is highly skilled at taking full advantage of both acquisitions and greenfield opportunities to quickly become a leading provider in new markets.”
Giles Proctor, formerly president and co-founder of Agile Data Centers, will now be the president of Vantage’s APAC business, overseeing a team that will include nearly 150 employees upon closing of the PCCW DC transaction. Brian Groen, senior vice president of data centers, PCCW DC, will join Vantage as senior vice president, APAC, upon closing.
“This offers our customers additional key markets in which to do business with trusted partners who bring in-country knowledge and a commitment to building and operating high quality, sustainably designed data center facilities,” said Proctor.
“Following successful expansions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe over the past three years, we are expanding to Asia Pacific to better serve customers on a global basis. The key to our global expansion has been finding well-aligned partners who bring local expertise, an established footprint, a strong management team and the ability to scale quickly,” said Sureel Choksi, president and CEO, Vantage Data Centers.
“The combination of Agile and PCCW’s data center business does just that, and I’m thrilled to welcome Giles Proctor, Brian Groen and their highly talented teams to Vantage.”