US data center firm QTS has acquired Netherlands-based data center management and operations company Zentrys.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Founded in 2012, Zentrys has operated QT’s two Dutch data center sites since the Blackstone-owned company bought them in 2019, and will continue to operate the two locations.

"We welcome Zentrys to the QTS family as we continue to scale our operating capability in Europe," said Chad Williams, CEO of QTS. "The Zentrys team members have embraced our partnership over the past several years, while acting as an extension of our culture of service and operational excellence. Our integration of Zentrys signifies a strategic investment in a skilled team that accelerates our operating capabilities in Europe to support significant future growth opportunities."

Over the next year, QTS will onboard the Zentrys employees and integrate the company with QTS technology and processes. Zentrys founding partners Richard Kaak and Kees Loer are also joining as senior members of QTS’ leadership team.

Kaak has been named VP of business development for northern Europe, and Loer will assume the role of VP of facilities operations – property engineering.

“Since QTS’ acquisition of the Netherlands sites in 2019, Zentrys has operated as an extension of the QTS team with strong cultural alignment between our two firms," said Richard Kaak, co-founder and partner at Zentrys.

"Our integration into the QTS platform provides a strategic opportunity to continue to deliver a world-class experience for customers in Europe while accelerating QTS’ international expansion strategy.”

Zentrys was previously involved in the commissioning of a data center for the University of Groningen in 2021, and assisted Penta Infra with its acquisition of a data center in Düsseldorf from Ensono in 2020.

QTS acquired two data centers in the Netherlands from TCN sig Telehousing BV for $44 million in early 2019. At the time the data centers in Groningen and Eemshaven, both northeast of Amsterdam, had a total power capacity of 30MW. One was originally an early Google data center, one of Europe's largest at that time.

Both Kaak and Loer were previously at TCN before setting up Zentrys and taking over management of the two facilities from TCN.