With their mostly long-term leases, data centres offer very predictable revenues. The growing market offers potential for organic and inorganic growth, which we intend to exploit with Green Datahub.
Key facts at a glance
- Energy-efficient and secure data centres for a wide range of customers
- Data centre capacity expected to triple between 2020 and 2025
- Organic and inorganic further development through market growth
Revenues in €mn
As of 31 December 2022
Green Datahub – consisting of two data centres – are known as co-location data centres and are used by multiple customers to run their own servers in a suitable, secure environment.
The existing data centre is working to capacity, with predominantly long-term rental contracts. Increased demand from existing customers forms the basis for the expected utilisation of the new data centre from 2023, with additional customers already signed up. The new data centre will feature state-of-the-art security, providing extremely high levels of security and availability. Energy efficiency is a key priority. The existing data centre uses electricity exclusively from renewable sources: the surplus thermal energy generated by the servers is used to heat a sports hall. It is the first co-location data centre to be awarded the “Blue Angel” environmental label by the German Federal Environment Agency. Energy consumption is about one-third below average, and further improvements are being sought for the new data centre being developed.
Potential for development
Due to increased digitalisation of more and more areas of the economy and life in general, the demand for data centre capacity is increasing enormously – it is expected to triple between 2020 and 2025 alone. Demand is also driven by the regional economic structure: for critical services, customers tend to prefer using data centres nearby. Hamburg is considered an attractive market – due, in part, to the city's economic focus on e-commerce and logistics. Hamburg is also one of the main media and IT locations in Germany.
Christoph Grossekämper joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2020.
He began his professional career in the M&A department of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt/Main, where he worked from 2007 to 2009. Afterwards he was part of the enterprise improvement practice of Roland Berger and AlixPartners till 2016. There he advised on numerous projects in various industries with a focus on the German Mittelstand and corporate carve-outs. In 2016 he joined a stock listed industrial holding in Germany. Christoph Grossekämper was leading the M&A team and was responsible for various transactions in the GSA region with a focus on the Mittelstand and corporate carve-outs. He has six years of experience in private equity.
Christoph Grossekämper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Maastricht University and a Master of Science from CASS Business School, London. He also studied at Bocconi University, Milan.