QTS Realty Trust, one of the largest providers of colocation and managed cloud hosting in the US, has completed the acquisition of a data center facility in East Windsor, New Jersey, from McGraw Hill Financial, for approximately $75 million. In connection with the purchase, QTS has formed a strategic partnership with IT services company Atos for the US market.
The data center acquisition totals more than 194 acres, with a facility consisting of 560,000 gross square feet, 58,000 square feet of raised floor and 12 megawatts of gross power. The colocation facility also has the ability to more than double with additional expansion capacity to add approximately 100,000 square feet of raised floor and up to 20 megawatts of gross power.
In addition, the colocation facility comes with a 50-acre, 14.1 megawatt solar field. It is one of the largest privately owned, net-metered solar projects in the western hemisphere and would have an estimated annual carbon reduction of nearly 14,000 tons. This solar field supports QTS‘ continued efforts to be a leader in green initiatives and to drive efficient power utilization efforts throughout the organization.
Partnership Atos and QTS
In connection with the purchase of the McGraw Hill Financial data center, QTS has also signed a 10-year lease plus a 15-year extension option with Atos, an international information technology services company headquartered in Bezos, France. Under this arrangement, QTS will provide Atos with its custom data center (C1) offering as well as its new QTS Critical Facilities Management service (CFM), which leverages QTS‘ expertise in data center management and services to run data center facilities for enterprise customers.
Atos will package QTS’ C1 and CFM services with their own comprehensive IT outsourcing service offering for McGraw Hill Financial, who will continue to locate their data center needs in the New Jersey facility.
This Atos arrangement represents the launching of a new strategic partnership, in which Atos has chosen QTS to act as their North American data center partner. Under this relationship, QTS will provide enterprise data center ownership and outsourcing opportunities, along with critical facilities management capabilities to Atos.
McGraw Hill Financial is a financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The company’s iconic brands include Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL, J.D. Power and McGraw Hill Construction. McGraw Hill Financial has approximately 17,000 employees in 29 countries.