Xand and DBSi on Tuesday announced their intention to merge, creating what they believe will be a more powerful data center company serving the Northeast U.S. market.
Through the merger with DBSi, Xand, which was acquired by private equity firm ABRY Partners last October, will immediately expand its data center presence by adding three raised-floor facilities in Pennsylvania.
DBSi's assets will complement Xand's well-established set of data centers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, which currently provide cloud, colocation, business continuity and managed services to over 1,000 customers.
The combined company will have 400,000 square feet of space across six facilities. Another key asset that DBSi brings to the fold is its dark fiber assets connecting its data center facilities. By having their own fiber facilities, Xand can provide more control over the customer experience versus having to rely on another service provider for dark fiber.
ABRY Partners itself has become an active consolidator of competitive data center and competitive telecom assets in recent years. After acquiring Xand, ABRY merged them with Access Northeast of Marlborough, Mass. this March. Besides Xand and DBSi, the private equity firm has built a sizeable portfolio of assets: fiber network (Sidera), interconnection services (Telx), managed services (Masergy), and cable (RCN).
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