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Press Release -- December 16th, 2020
Source: databank, Zayo Group

DataBank Closes Acquisition of zColo’s U.S. and U.K. Data Center Assets

Solidifies DataBank as a Leading Edge Data Center Provider with over 1 Million Sq. Ft. of Colocation Space and 20 Major Network Interconnect Hubs

DALLASDec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, announced it has closed its acquisition of zColo data center assets from Zayo Group Holdings. With this transaction, DataBank now offers its secure colocationconnectivitycloud and managed services in 60 data centers spread across 28 key markets in the U.S. and U.K.  A second closing for the five data centers in France is expected in Q1 2021.

This announcement comes on the heels of DataBank’s strategic investment in EdgePresence, which accelerates DataBank’s edge data center strategy by adding modular facilities to augment its traditional data center portfolio. These unique modular data centers provide the space, power and bandwidth to further reduce latency and improve performance for key applications.

Combined, these two transactions put DataBank at the forefront of the edge infrastructure wave, enabling enterprises, hyperscalers, cloud, content and software customers to move their mission-critical workloads and platforms closer to end-user populations in second-, third-, and fourth-tier markets.

“DataBank has now assembled a unique portfolio of data center infrastructure and network interconnect options to address customer workloads anywhere from Tier 1 markets to the far edge,” comments Raul K. Martynek, DataBank’s CEO. “With an open interconnect architecture and virtually unlimited geographic options, we are poised to help our customers in the U.S. migrate their workloads and adapt to the next evolution of the internet: the hyper-localization of data and compute being unleashed by 5G networks.”

With the closing announced today, DataBank now offers its customers access to:

  • 65 data centers in 29 markets (up from 20 data centers and 9 markets)
  • 1.1M raised square feet of data center space
  • 141 MW of installed UPS capacity
  • Over 30,000 network cross connects
  • 20 major network interconnection points
  • 13 cloud nodes

The addition of zColo’s facilities and footprint gives DataBank’s existing customers tremendous new options for geographic diversity, but it also gives zColo’s base of 1500+ blue chip customers access to DataBank’s deep reservoir of managed securitydata protectioncloud and compliance enablement capabilities, creating a true win-win for customers.

The transaction was funded by an investor group led by Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY), DataBank’s controlling shareholder. In addition to leading a consortium of world-class institutional investors to support the acquisition, Colony Capital invested $145 million from its balance sheet to maintain its 20% stake in DataBank.

TD Securities led the debt financing for the transaction, and along with Joint Lead Arrangers & Joint Bookrunners Société Générale and Truist Bank, provided the underwriting for the $500 million First Lien Credit Facilities and the $100 million Second Lien Credit Facility.  CoBank ACB, Regions Bank, and Natixis, New York Branch additionally acted as Joint Lead Arrangers on the First Lien Credit Facilities

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About DataBank

DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit or call 1(800) 840-7533.

About Colony Capital
Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) is a leading global investment firm with a heritage of identifying and capitalizing on key secular trends in real estate. The Company manages a $47 billion portfolio of real assets on behalf of its shareholders and limited partners, including over $23 billion in digital real estate investments through Digital Colony, its digital infrastructure platform. Colony Capital, structured as a REIT, is headquartered in Los Angeles with key offices in Boca RatonNew York, and London, and has over 350 employees across 20 locations in 12 countries.


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