"When QTS Realty Trust completed their acquisition of McGraw Hill Financial Inc.'s East Windsor, New Jersey, today, they not only successfully formed a new strategic partnership with Atos, the company shone the spotlight on one of its most unique and lucrative financial plans: continue to acquire under-utilized datacenters.
QTS' hopes to keep its costs low while gaining traction in the data center world. By acquiring large-scale facilities usually owned by companies whose expertise is not in the data center realm - QTS hopes to grow the infrastructure - rich and ready large-scale centers at minimal cost, as it plans to do with the East Windsor facility.
At the same time, QTS not only bought the McGraw Hill facility it signed a 10-year-lease with Atos (leading international information technology services company headquartered in Bezos, France) - with an optional 15 -year extension.
So what does this mean for Atos and QTS - it basically enters them into a near perfect union: by the terms of the arrangement, the latter with provide the former with its custom data center (C1) offering as well as its new ""QTS Critical Facilities Management Service"" or CFM. This uses QTS' expertise in data center management and services for enterprise customers. Then Atos will package QTS's C1 and CFM services in their own IT outsourcing services for McGraw Hill Financial (who will use the New Jersey Data Center Facility.)
QTS made the point that it believes that in the future, as more companies enter into agreements with like-minded companies (Atos) this ""packaging"" of services to maximize profits while allowing each company to highlight what it does best will save both client and provider headaches and money.
Atos all made the announcement that it will use QTS to be their North American data center provider and representative - a bold signal that the company has not only vested interested in QTS but faith and trust in their partner's abilities.
According to Atos' press release: ""QTS will provide enterprise data center ownership and outsourcing opportunities, along with critical facilities management capabilities to Atos."""