NTT continues global expansion, bags Netmagic

Contact: Ben Kolada

NTT Communications has made another move in the Indian datacenter services market, this time taking a 74% stake in Netmagic Solutions. Netmagic provides managed hosting, colocation and infrastructure management services, among others, from seven datacenters throughout India. This is the latest in a growing line of transactions NTT has inked that have been meant to expand the company’s global datacenter and cloud services footprint.

The deal is yet another international investment in datacenter and cloud services for NTT. In the press release announcing the transaction, the Japan-based telco noted Netmagic’s footprint in the growing Indian datacenter services market as among the top drivers for the acquisition. Our colleagues at Tier1 Research previously wrote that NTT subsidiary Datacraft has already been working with India-based telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BNSL). However, NTT said the deal has strategic benefits beyond India, and that it will accelerate its infrastructure and cloud services throughout greater Asia.

This isn’t the first India-specific or international move NTT has made in the datacenter or cloud sectors. In July 2010, the company announced that it was forking over roughly $3.2bn for Johannesburg-based Dimension Data, which also has a footprint in India. NTT cited the cloud computing opportunity as the main motivation behind that transaction. Almost exactly a year later, Dimension Data, then a subsidiary of NTT, announced that it was acquiring cloud, colocation and managed hosting provider OpSource. Although based in Santa Clara, California, OpSource’s cloud technology and capabilities will be sold throughout Dimension Data’s global footprint.