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Press Release -- September 5th, 2023
Source: nlighten, proximity

Proximity Data Centres acquired by nLighten

Proximity’s network of high-performance edge data centres will enable nLighten to establish its presence in the UK market

Proximity Data Centres, a leading edge platform in the UK with ten carrier-neutral edge data centres has been acquired by nLighten, a digital infrastructure platform of I Squared Capital, a leading global infrastructure investor. RBC Capital Markets acted as financial adviser to nLighten on the transaction. Proximity were advised by Houlihan Lokey.

“Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions this year, nLighten has grown into a leading pan-European edge data centre platform with 26 data centres, 53 megawatts of potential capacity and 130 employees,” said Mohamed El Gazzar, Senior Partner of I Squared Capital in London. “We are excited that nLighten has grown so quickly and established itself in the three largest data centre markets in Europe: Germany, France and the UK.”

As a mature market with large economic regions that can benefit from more locally distributed data centres, the UK is a logical choice for nLighten’s expansion. Proximity’s network of high-performance data centres, strong reputation, agility and impressive track record of entering local markets, position the company well for capturing the increasing shift to the edge across the country.

The regional distribution of Proximity’s data centres fit well within nLighten’s strategy of integrating data centres into regional markets and its high standards of sustainability align with nLighten, which aims to continuously reduce the environmental footprint of data centres. Proximity’s ten data centres currently source 100 percent of their electricity from renewables, and the company intends to maintain that sourcing, even at full capacity.

Given the evolving standards for data sovereignty in Europe, nLighten plans to keep the operational management of its data centres in the country and places great emphasis on their identification with the UK market.

“The acquisition of Proximity brings us a big step closer to our goal of creating the leading pan-European edge data centre platform”, says Harro Beusker, co-founder and CEO of nLighten. “Proximity’s edge data centres are a great fit for our portfolio, and the existing management team, staff and assets lay a solid foundation for our ambitions in the UK.”

“Being part of the nLighten group of data centres will accelerate the expansion of our portfolio of new products and services tailored for the edge computing market”, commented John Hall, co-founder, and Managing Director of Proximity. “We will also be able to provide a highly comprehensive solution to customers looking for a broad network of data centres across multiple European locations.”

About Proximity Data Centres

Proximity Data Centres operates a rapidly growing trusted network of regional carrier-neutral edge data centres across the UK. These allow clients to locate their data in key regional markets, close to the data end user. Proximity’s network of scalable edge facilities meets individual customer requirements, from specific regional data centre services through to multi-site rollouts. By choosing Proximity’s network of edge data centres, enterprise, public cloud and content service provider organisations maximise competitive edge through reduced latency, enabling improved response times and reduced transit costs.

Built to Tier 3 industry standards and ISO 9001 Quality, 14001 Environmental and 27001 Security compliant, all data centre grid electricity is sourced from 100% renewable providers. Full on-site support, transition and onboarding is provided to customers. For maximum convenience, a straightforward customer contracting model is provided with a single set of SLAs covering one or multiple sites, as required. Scope of services is tailored to suit regional demand.

About nLighten

nLighten is a digital infrastructure platform of I Squared Capital, a leading global infrastructure investor. We are developing innovative edge data centers distributed across European key economic hubs to provide best-in-class network access to regional, national and global enterprises, private users and the mobile workforce.

With the strategic distribution of its edge data centers, nLighten is working towards having a pan-European presence in all major cities and providing to customers and partners access to low latency and proximity to end users across Europe. The nLighten edge data centers are designed to meet the increasing demand for faster and more reliable data processing and storage, while also being mindful of environmental impact.

nLighten was founded in 2021 by a core team with many years’ experience and wide-ranging expertise in the data centre sector. The team’s main motivation was to create the next step for the data centre industry and align edge data centres with the green transition.

nLighten’s goal is to set up and operate multiple leading edge data centre platforms in Europe.

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