CNet Training Acquired by Uptime Institute

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The global authority in data center infrastructure design, Uptime Institute, has completed its acquisition of Academia Group and all its international subsidiaries including CNet Training. It’s the first acquisition for Uptime Institute under Dominus Capital’s ownership. It’s intended to further establish Uptime Education as a leader in Digital Infrastructure Education around the world.

For owners, operators, and users of digital infrastructure, Uptime Institute offers evaluation, certification, and consultancy services. For data center professionals and organizations, Uptime Institute offers education, accreditation, and membership network services.

CNet Training is an internationally recognized provider of technical education and is based in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Since 1996, CNet Training has designed and delivered professional network and data center infrastructure training programs, while over 83,000 data center professionals have been taught in 45 different countries. The acquisition’s financial details weren’t made public.

“This first acquisition for Uptime under Dominus ownership will further establish Uptime Education as the unparalleled leader in Digital Infrastructure Education around the world,” said Bob Haswell, Founding Partner at Dominus Capital. “Uptime is the undisputed market leader worldwide, with results-oriented solutions for both providers and consumers of services delivered through mission critical data centers, the true digital foundries, and factories of the Internet economy. The ongoing availability, resiliency, sustainability, security, and business value of these key infrastructure building blocks still overwhelmingly depend on the quality and capabilities of the workforces that operate them, and the skills, training, and education of each individual team member.”

Joining the Uptime Team

Martin V McCarthy, CEO at Uptime Institute
“This acquisition will give our customers access to a range of world class corporate learning and development technical education programs and technical training courses,” said Martin V McCarthy, CEO at Uptime Institute.

CNet Training would significantly broaden the breadth and depth of Uptime Education’s services while establishing Uptime Institute as a go-to learning and development partner globally. Solutions useful for a digital infrastructure professional at every stage of their career will be included in the merged portfolio. This ranges from entry-level employees – even young people in apprenticeships – to seasoned, long-serving experts with postgraduate degrees in data center leadership.

“We are excited to join the accelerating Uptime team. CNet Training was already growing quickly, but now will have many more opportunities through further geographic expansion, and new service offerings, as a part of Uptime,” said Andrew Stevens, CEO at CNet Training. “As we look forward to this next phase, I want to personally thank all our clients, staff, and investors who have supported us over these past 26+ years of delivering unique value and in bringing ongoing innovation to the Digital Infrastructure Education market.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to help data center owners, operators, and tenants ensure robust, available, sustainable, and secure digital infrastructure, Uptime Institute continues to seek out and evaluate possible add-on acquisitions.

“The data center industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The continued, extraordinary industry expansion requires a growing and diverse workforce, however concerns over the industry’s ability to attract, educate, and retain skilled technical staff persist,” said Martin V McCarthy, CEO at Uptime Institute. “This acquisition will help our respective customers thrive in a rapidly changing ecosystem, by giving them access to a range of world class corporate learning and development technical education programs and technical training courses that are backed up by practical experience and specialized domain expertise.”