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London 15 November 2007 – Data Centres may now be approaching an inflection point, is the conclusion of an editorial article by BroadGroup in today’s edition of Data Centre News, the leading industry journal for the sector.

That the data centre sector is changing immeasurably is the reality for 2008. With a spate of investments, new data centre build announcements, public flotation and rumours of major acquisition bids, data centres have finally assumed recognition of the strategic importance argued for by BroadGroup for more than three years. The issues are central to next week’s Investing in Data Centres Forum, the first to focus on the investment outlook for the sector.

The article draws attention to the forces at play in the market following on from sustained demand, and current investment. Pointing to a shift occurring from international to global, the present opportunities for cash rich telcos and large systems integrators, particularly in terms of acquiring additional competitive advantage in the managed services space, M&A activity in the supplier sector, and repositioning of regional players, collectively highlight the degree of change underway.

“When added together, hundreds of millions of Euros and Dollars are being invested into data centres globally to sustain the many transformations underway of enterprises,” commented Nicola Hayes, vice president of BroadGroup.

Although there do remain concerns of over-supply and comparisons to another ‘dot com’ phase as US investors pump up valuations and property investors become re-acquainted with Data Centres, BroadGroup sees very strong fundamentals, even if there are certain segments that may be experiencing an investment bubble.

To hear these topics debated fully, register to attend Investing in Data Centres taking place 22nd November 2007 at the Cass Business School, London www.tmtfinance.com/fiforum

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