Berlin data centre sold to Penta-Infra Datacenter Holding and Bennbrooke
Further developments at the site are expected from early 2018 with no forced redundancies planned amongst the more than 480 staff.
DB Systel GmbH has concluded the sale of its Berlin data centre to an investment group of companies composed of Dutch and German bodies.
The sale of the DB Systel data centre in Berlin-Mahlsdorf was originally announced in November 2016 and the company said at the time it would want to conclude the divestiture by the end of 2017.
Following the announcement, DB launched an international investor competition to find suitable buyers.
From that competition, Penta-Infra Datacenter Holding and Bennbrooke have emerged as the acquirers in a joint venture.
The sale of the site to Penta Berlin GmbH – the new company being created to manage the data centre asset – has now been approved, whereby confidentiality was agreed as to the purchase price, according to Frank Langer, executive partner at Bennbrooke.
Langer said: “Penta Berlin GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penta-Infra Datacenter Holding B.V., an investor specialising in data centres and based in the Netherlands. The investor is acquiring the data centre together with the German company Bennbrooke GmbH – a project development firm located in Frankfurt am Main specializing in data centres.
“The buyer shall operate and further develop the data centre as of January 1, 2018.”
DB Systel is expected to initially remain on the site as a tenant and operator of the data centre for a three-year period “to ensure a seamless transition of its IT-services to cloud computing”.
“Approximately 480 DB-employees will be directly or indirectly affected by the planned sale of the data centre and the migration into the cloud. No forced redundancies are planned,” Langer confirmed.
He continued: “The basis for this decision is DB’s new, future-oriented business strategy that places greater reliance on cloud computing. More than 80% of DB Systel’s approximately 600 IT-applications shall be transferred into the new “DB Enterprise Cloud”.
“The need to maintain own data centres will therefore be significantly reduced during the next five years. The remaining 20% of applications that are not suitable for the cloud shall continue to be stored in leased data centres.”