DartPoints Expands Footprint With Acquisition of Louisiana Provider Venyu

May 2, 2023
Data center provider DartPoints has acquired Louisiana-based Venyu in a deal that combines two regional specialist. Dallas-based DartPoints will expand its portfolio to 11 data centers and 20 MWs of power across 10 U.S. markets.

Data center provider DartPoints has acquired Louisiana-based Venyu in a deal that combines two regional specialist. Dallas-based DartPoints will expand its portfolio to 11 data centers across 10 U.S. markets, five states, with more than 325,000 square feet of space and 20 megawatts of power.  

DartPoints is owned by private equity firm Astra Capital, which has promised to create a network of regional edge infrastructure in the U.S. It acquired Metro Data Center in Ohio in 2020, and bought South Carolina-based Immedion in 2021.

Venyu is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has built a reputation for reliability, keeping customers online during several major hurricanes in the region. 

"We are thrilled to now serve hundreds of enterprises and service provider customers in Louisiana and around the country by way of three top-tier data centers in Baton Rouge and Shreveport," said Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints. "Serving edge markets is where our passion and expertise lie, and this acquisition expands our geographic coverage to a third region: the South Central U.S."  

“It was a natural fit with Venyu as their focus and strength in delivering an exceptional customer experience combined with state-of-the-art, redundant infrastructure aligns with ours,” said Willis. “The expanded geographical reach combined with the expertise that the Venyu team brings sets up DartPoints for continued accelerated growth.”

Venyu has been an innovator in offsite backup, and was one of the country's first service providers to offer virtualization as a disaster recovery solution after Hurricane Katrina. Built to Department of Defense anti-terrorism force protection codes, Venyu's Shreveport facility is one of the country's most secure commercial data centers. 

In acquiring Venyu, DartPoints continues its strategy of investing in data center infrastructure in edge markets, where latency requirements, demand for interconnection, and multi-cloud architectures are driving growth. 

"Today marks the beginning of a terrific new chapter for Venyu," said Josh Descant, CEO of REV, Venyu's former parent company. "By joining the DartPoints team, Venyu can continue to deliver on its customer-focused mission to source, implement, and manage complete IT ecosystems — and now with enhanced infrastructure and a deeper bench. In addition, the synergies resulting from the combined organization will further benefit customers, markets, and employees for years to come." 

DartPoints began planning a distributed network of micro data centers in 2012, making it one of the early players in the edge computing sector. After slow growth in its early years, the company’s strategy has evolved amid growing interest in low-latency edge services.

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Rich Miller

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