AtlasEdge buys data center in Leeds, latest in string of acquisitions

An aerial view of the Leeds facility. Source: Hardy Fisher Services

AtlasEdge was one of the more interesting entrants into the edge market in EMEA last year and is continuing to be an active acquirer to grow its edge presence. Formed when Digital Colony teamed up with Liberty Global to form a joint venture targeting the European edge data center market, it has now acquired an 11,000 sq. ft. data center in Leeds in the North of England.

This latest deal follows from the acquisition in late last year of twelve data centers from pan-European telco Colt. The Leeds data center has a relatively long history as a data center, originally a gold bullion store it was converted into a data center by Pipex in 2001 and since then has been leased to BT.

Analysis

We can expect to see quite a few more acquisitions of this kind as AtlasEdge invests heavily in the EMEA edge. The plan is to build a portfolio of over a hundred edge data centers using Liberty Global’s real estate holdings and acquisitions; on top of that Liberty Global will contribute its large number of digital infrastructure assets such as Virgin Media cable company in the UK, as well as strategic and operational support.

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