Record Levels of Data Center Investment, Structure Boom Continue In 2018

Series of Enormous Advancements, Growths and Acquisitions Underscore Rising Demand for Hybrid, ‘Hyperscale’ Cloud Data Facilities

Equinix, Inc. acquired the InfoMart Dallas information center in February for $800 million, the current in a series of significant U.S. information center sales, mergers and planned advancements.

Amidst record financial investment volume last year, early investors in U.S. information center homes are relocating to cash out as institutional investors, developers, REITs and foreign funds planning to enter the area forecasted to see rising demand for the most modern and effective cloud-based information storage facilities.

Barely a month after announcing plans to offer its 1.6 million-square-foot Infomart facility in Dallas to information center operator Equinix, Inc. for $800 million, Washington, D.C.-based property investment manager ASB Property Investments today divulged the sale of its last three data centers in San Jose, Hillsboro, OR and Ashburn, VA. ASB cashed out its data center facilities totaling 665,000 square feet for an undisclosed sum of cash and debt securities to an affiliate of IPI Data Center Partners Management, LLC.

ASB’s possession sales extend a wave of global financial investment in U.S. information centers that reached a record $20 billion in 2017– triple the combined volume of the previous 3 years, inning accordance with CBRE’s new U.S. Data Center Trends Report.

Data center suppliers and users have transferred to generate income from specific assets and migrate to a hybrid IT environment, the report notes. That has resulted in several big M&A deals, including last year’s $7.6 billion acquisition by Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR)DuPont Fabros, and the $1 billion purchase of the Silicon Valley’s largest wholesale data center owner, Vantage, from technology investor Silver Lake Partners by a consortium led by Digital Bridge Holdings LLC of Boca Raton, FL, TIAA Investments and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

Pat Lynch, senior handling director of Data Center Solutions for CBRE, stated record financial investment volume, positive net absorption, and elevated levels of brand-new supply throughout the significant markets are the primary motorists behind financial investment in the active U.S. data center sector.

“We have strong expectations for 2018 and beyond as operators, investors and end-users all seek opportunities to take full advantage of effectiveness, go into brand-new markets and use brand-new service offerings,” Lynch said.

Northern Virginia remained the world’s most active data center market, followed by San Jose/Silicon Valley. Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, the New york city tristate area, Phoenix and Atlanta.

In another example of institutional in addition to global financier interest in information centers, a joint venture led by Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund and EdgeCore Web Realty recently revealed a $1 billion center in Richardson, TX, as part of a targeted $2 billion financial investment in North American information center acquisition and development.

To its credit, ASB was one of the early institutional financiers to endeavor into the information center market when it got Infomart Dallas in 2005 and expanded its capacity to 110 carriers, with significant occupants that include Equinix, Bank of America and Verizon. The business got the residential or commercial properties in Virginia, California and Oregon in between 2008 and 2014.

As investor demand for information center residential or commercial properties increased, ASB chose to deal with its holdings and take gains on behalf of its $7.4 billion Loyalty Fund core real estate investment vehicle, ASB Real Estate Investments President and CEO Robert Bellinger said in a declaration.

“Our information center financial investments proved incredibly timely and profitable for our fund clients,” Bellinger said, adding that ASB will retain a stake in the information centers through Equinix debt securities to be paid out over the next 3 years.

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