nLighten Buys Proximity, Storms Into UK

September 5th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

The European data center provider nLighten has made its second inorganic move of this summer season with the announcement of the purchase of Proximity Data Centres. The deal enables nLighten to go from zero to sixty in the UK data center market, just as it did in France a few months ago.

Proximity data centers operates 10 facilities around the country, looking to deploy space and power within close, umm, proximity of much of the country’s population. That matches up well with nLighten, which has a stated goal of creating a pan-European edge data center platform with a data center within a could hours drive of every business in Europe. 

In early June, nLighten entered France in a similar deal where it agreed to acquire Euclyde Data Canters. That deal gives them six data centers spread around France, complementing the 10 they already have around Germany. When both deals have closed, the company will have 26 data centers totaling 53MW of potential capacity and 130 employees spread across the three countries.

Financial details were not disclosed.  nLighten is backed by I-Squared Capital, which gives them the resources to keep the expansion rolling.  Where might they strike next?  Depends on the opportunity more than the plan I’d guess, as Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and even Eastern Europe would seem to beckon.

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Categories: Datacenter · Mergers and Acquisitions

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