Ancotel acquires Lidarc to create US presence

German company Ancotel has acquired Long Island Data and Recovery Center (Lidarc), a co-location and interconnection facility.

The deal marks Ancotel's first foray in the US data centre market, which it says will allow it to leverage Long Island's telecoms infrastructure and provide communication opportunities throughout the Long Island and New York metro areas.

John Reynolds, managing director at Ancotel USA, said: "We are committed to investment on Long Island, and have plans to transform this facility into a critical meet-me point for companies, cable operators, carriers, service providers and international companies. This will create jobs in the area and attract an array of industries, such as healthcare, financial, media and content providers, to Nassau County."

Network infrastructure has previously largely bypassed Long Island, connecting directly to Manhattan. The area is now starting to serve as a landing point for submarine cables that connect north America and Europe. Jason Schafer, senior analyst for data centres at Tier1 Research, said: "Manhattan has been facing data centre, power, and realestate capacity constraints, which is pushing business outwards from downtown to areas such as northern New Jersey and Long Island."

Schafer noted the need for diverse routing around New York City, in addition to lower latency connectivity for critical communication and financial trading applications between Europe, south America and Asia.