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Arcus launches Portus Data Centers, a new edge data centre platform for Germany

Tue 12 Dec 2023

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Arcus has announced the establishment of Portus Data Centers, a new edge data centre platform for the German market. Arcus also acquired IPHH Internet Port Hamburg, a prominent regional data centre operator and internet service provider.

Portus Data Centers includes four facilities in critical regional data centre locations, including Hamburg, Munich, and Luxembourg. This platform, bolstered by the recent acquisition of IPHH, follows earlier acquisitions this year of a Munich-based data centre from SpaceNet AG and the Luxembourg-based data centre company, European Data Hub.

Adriaan Oosthoek, newly appointed Chairman of Portus Data Centers, said: “I am very excited by the launch and growth potential of Portus Data Centers in Germany and surrounding countries.”

Oosthoek underscored the strong foundation provided by its existing facilities, highlighting plans for further capacity expansion and footprint growth in the coming months.

IPHH also operates two data centres in east Hamburg, offering 2.4MW of IT power capacity, and stands as the best-connected data centre in Northern Germany. The company’s hyper-connected customer base includes telecom carriers, global technology and social media companies, and content distribution networks.

Ongoing development projects are set to significantly increase IPHH’s size and capacity.

John Shea, Partner at Arcus, said the acquisition of IPHH was an ‘excellent investment opportunity’ and a ‘great fit’ for Portus’s regional data centre aggregation strategy.

Aligned with Arcus’ ESG initiatives, energy consumed by IPHH’s data centres is certified as being 100% renewably sourced. The facilities also have a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of around 1.3.

Sascha Pollok, CEO of IPHH, who has been with the company for 25 years, said: “We are very excited to join Portus and look forward to working with its senior management and Arcus to grow our business in the coming years.”

Hamburg, as the fourth largest market for data centres in Germany and a key connectivity gateway, is expected to see continued demand growth for regional data centre capacity, driven by enterprise IT outsourcing, local managed services providers, and global technology companies.

The Arcus team was supported in this transaction by Noerr (Legal), Arup (Technical), BDO (Financial and Tax), and Aon (Insurance).

This strategic move by Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 3 SCSp reflects a significant expansion in the data centre market.

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