Bare Metal Cloud and IaaS company Hivelocity, Inc, has just announced its acquisition of UK-based Heficed, a network infrastructure solutions and cloud provider.

Founded in 2002, Hivelocity is to takeover 9 data center locations through this acquisition, including Chicago, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Reston, Lagos Nigeria, Sao Paulo, Milan, as well as Johannesburg, further expanding the company’s data center footprint. 

“Heficed is a great company with great people. Hivelocity’s acquisition strengthens our team and furthers our goal of building the most geo-diverse bare metal cloud in the industry. With the addition of Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria data center locations, our customers can now instantly deploy bare metal servers across 6 continents,” said Steve Eschweiler, COO and co-founder of Hivelocity.

As announced, Hivelocity currently employs about 100 employees including technicians, engineers, and programmers, as well as manages 31 data centers on 4 continents. Under the terms of this acquisition, Hivelocity will also get Heficed’s customers and some select staff to further expand its portfolio.

“This acquisition represents a fantastic opportunity for our clients old and new. By combining Heficed’s impressive list of data center locations and VPS hosting options with our own global network of data centers and premium bare metal hosting, our world-class infrastructure solutions will now reach an even wider audience of users,” said Mike Archietto, CEO and co-founder at Hivelocity.

Recently, Proximity Data Centers announced the opening of its tenth data center facility also in the UK. Located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, the new facility is named Proximity Milton Keynes Edge 10, a Tier III data center that spans 48,000 square feet with multiple data halls that provides 3MW of total available power.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud service arm of Amazon, also announced its plans to significantly expand its data center and cloud footprint in the UK over the next two years, sometimes last year. The company stated that the expansion will require an investment of about £1.8 billion, which is to be expended on building and operating data centers in the UK.