Originally posted to the Independent Data Center Alliance

Global data is on the rise. Before the COVID-19 global pandemic, the online world was nearly omnipresent, making the transmission, storage and processing of data consumption paramount for both work and home life. Now, capable IT infrastructure is at the core of day-to-day life in a way it never has been before.

With data being one of the most valued assets of our era, it’s clear why data centers (a foundational infrastructure that enables the effective storage of compute gear ensuring effective processing and data exchange) are crucial. Still, if we ask what makes these facilities marketable from a sale, merger or acquisition level — and how these evaluations are changing given recent disruptions — do we really know what makes a data center valuable?

This is one of the questions that the Independent Data Center Alliance (IND-DCA), a consortium of global independent data center operators collaborating to create single-sourced solutions for buyers, answered for audiences at The 2020 INCOMPAS Show, which took place online from September 14-16, 2020. IND-DCA organized the panel titled, “Data Center Valuations: From shell/core to network connectivity, what makes a data center valuable or invaluable in the markets they serve?”, which brought leading investment bankers and valuation experts together to provide insights. The panelists included Rich Lukaj, senior managing director of Bank Street Group; Tom Watts, Managing Partner of private equity firm Radius Capital and Daniel English, Co-Founder and President of Legacy Investing. The panel was moderated by Miles Loo, Jr., the Global Valuation and Advisory Data Center lead for Newmark Knight Frank.

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