Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,

amid-consolidation-equinix-and-digital-realty-chart-course-to-growthAmid the consolidation in the data center industry, Equinix and Digital Realty continue to grow through acquisition, solidifying their leadership positions in key segments of the Internet infrastructure market.

Last week Equinix agreed to pay $3.6 billion to acquire 29 data centers from Verizon, a deal that will boost its position as the leader in colocation and interconnection markets, including key gains in Latin America and secure hosting of U.S. government IT assets.

The ongoing merger mania is creating opportunities for growth for a broad range of companies in the sector, even as the strong growth of cloud computing attracts unprecedented levels of investment capital.

As is often the case in the data center market, Equinix and Digital Realty are both rivals and partners. Equinix is one of the largest tenants for Digital Realty, which has built some of its data centers.

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