ABRY Partners has acquired yet more internet infrastructure to add to its collection. Xand, which ABRY purchased last october, announced its intention to merge DBSi this morning. The deal follows a merger with Access Northeast just this past Spring.
Xand and DBSi are similar companies with complementary geographies. Both go to market with a mix of colocation, managed services, and disaster recovery out of three facilities, with Xand in the New York City and Boston Metro areas and DBSi in eastern Pennsylvania (Bethlehem, Valley Forge, and Breinigsville). Combined, the two will have 400,000 square feet of space across six facilities. DBSi also operates its own DWDM connectivity to and between its data centers via dark fiber.
ABRY Partners has been perhaps the most active private equity group in the space over the past few years. In addition to Xand they currently own fiber (Sidera), interconnection (Telx), managed networks (Masergy), and triple play (RCN) assets, amongst others.
That they may be looking to further grow Xand with additional purchases is clear enough. If the pattern holds, one would have to think they'd be interested in a colo/managed-hosting/disaster-recovery asset in DC or northernn Virginia or something next.
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