Teledata UK, a Manchester-based colocation data center, has been acquired by Datum Datacentres. This would represent the first bolt-on regional acquisition for Datum Datacentres as part of its regional expansion strategy. In 2012, Datum Datacentres was established with the mission of providing the most flexible and energy-efficient data center colocation available.
Datum Datacentres delivers service-enhanced data center colocation from its FRN1 data center within Cody Technology Park in Farnborough. The connectivity-rich facility would have a latency of less than one millisecond to the City of London and is carrier and cloud neutral. Datum Datacentres has been steadily growing at its current single-site footprint in Farnborough.
With plans to expand into key regional markets, Datum Datacentres was acquired by Funds managed by the Real Estate & Private Markets business (REPM) of UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM) in September 2021. Financial terms of the Teledata UK acquisition were not disclosed.
“Manchester has always been our primary target market for expansion and the region continues to show strong growth,” said Dominic Phillips, CEO at Datum Datacentres. “Teledata has had a presence in the Manchester market for many years and its recent rapid growth consolidates this position. With an additional fully powered and adjacent site secured for immediate development we look forward to providing further quality colocation capacity to the Manchester market”
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The Manchester/North-West region, which has the second-largest economy in the UK, would be a great place for Datum Datacentres to expand regionally. This second location, together with fundamental network services and a cloud platform, will be added to Datum’s portfolio, which would help increase the company’s market reputation and open up cross-selling opportunities.
Due to market consolidation, Teledata UK claims to have established a strong reputation and is one of the few independent colocation providers still operating in the area. Given that its existing facility is completely utilized and that there is an immediate possibility to grow into a nearby building on the property, Datum Datacentres claims to have a distinctive position in the market, which is currently underserved.
“The acquisition is fantastic news for the Teledata team and for the Manchester region,” said Matt Edgley, Commercial Director at Teledata. “Having worked closely with the Datum Management Team previously, I know that we’re in the ideal position for Teledata and our clients to benefit from an aligned approach to quality, the environment and service levels as we continue to invest in and deliver the highest quality sites in the region, with the strong backing and commitment of UBS.”
As a Manchester-based ISO27001 Tier 3 compliant data center facility, Teledata UK was founded in 2004. It offers colocation, cloud hosting, and data center services to companies across the UK. This data center offers an on-site NSI Gold Approved BS5979 Security and Operations Control Centre (SOC). 2019 saw Teledata invest six figures on its CloudActiv cloud platform as well as £1.5 million towards energy efficiency.
“This transaction represents the ongoing commitment of UBS-AM to this strategically important, fast-growing, and high-performing sector,” said Andrew Morris, Managing Director – Head of Infrastructure Equity. “The attractiveness of this opportunity has also allowed UBS to bring in additional long term capital from one of the largest global pension funds to support the growth of the Datum platform. It will deliver attractive returns to investors whilst enabling further investment into the critical digital infrastructure that underpins economic growth in Manchester and the Northwest.”