Rogers binges on data centers
Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had plunked down $155 million for Pivot Data Centres and $6.25 million for Granite Networks with both being cash deals.
Pivot and Granite’s data centers are in addition to those that were acquired earlier this year when Roger Business Solutions bought Blackiron Data for $200 million  in cash.
Taken together, Pivot and Granite currently generate annualized revenues of approximately $30 million. With the acquisitions, Blackiron Data, part of Rogers Business Solutions, will own and operate data centers in Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary that will meet Uptime Institute's Tier III standards.
"The addition of two high quality and growing data centre operations will enable Rogers Business Solutions to expand the availability of its reliable, and leading-edge data services," said AJ Byers, president, Blackiron Data. "Both organizations will enhance Rogers Business Solutions Blackiron Data offering as customers in key markets will now have access to expanded data capacity, managed and cloud service offerings."
Pivot Data Centres is an independent colocation data center company in Western Canada that operates three colocation facilities in Calgary and Edmonton, with capacity of more than 130,000 square feet. Over the next few months, Pivot Data Centres will open two additional colocation data center with over 110,000 square feet, expanding capacity by approximately 85 percent.
Pivot currently serves more than 100 enterprise customers and government agencies. Rogers said the deal for Pivot was expected to close next month once customary closing conditions were completed.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Granite Networks provides collocation, managed services and cloud hosting services to business and government clients in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Rogers said the deal to buy Granite Networks has been wrapped up.
Blackiron is a pure-play provider of data center, cloud computing and managed services in Canada.