Philbert Shih and Structure Research on Peak 10 and ViaWest

  • June 19, 2017

Source: Data Center Knowledge

If and when it closes, the $1.67 billion deal to take Denver-based ViaWest off the balance sheet of its current owner, the Canadian telco Shaw Communications, will not only give Peak 10 nation-wide reach, it will make it one of the two biggest player in so-called tier-two US data center markets. The only other player in those markets of comparable size is TierPoint, according to analysts at Structure Research, who were hard pressed to determine which of the two companies would actually be bigger post-merger, concluding at the end that they would share the number-one spot among secondary-market players in terms of colocation revenue.

Peak 10 has been adding larger customers to its base over the last two to three years, and broadening its geographic reach was necessary to continue that trend, Fuhrman said.

TierPoint has been on a similar trajectory, according to Philbert Shih, managing director at Structure, and it now has a rival to compete with toe-to-toe. “Both companies have trended toward bigger customers over time, with bigger spend,” he said.

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