Uptime Institute acquires CNet Training for data center technical education

Feb. 3, 2023
The combination of Uptime Institute and CNet Training will directly address the evolving training needs of current and future data center employees as they progress through their careers.
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Global digital infrastructure authority Uptime Institute, a portfolio company of Dominus Capital, L.P., announced that it has completed its acquisition of Academia Group Limited and all of its global subsidiaries, including CNet Training Ltd.

In a press release, Uptime Institute said its Intelligence team recently completed a market research study indicating that the number of staff needed to design, build, and operate data centers will continue to grow globally from about 2.0 million in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025. The research found that a wide range of specialist jobs -- numbering 230 as detailed in Uptime Institute Data Center Career Pathfinder, developed in association Google, Meta and Microsoft -- are required by the sector to support its continued expansion. The parties contend that "the combination of Uptime Institute and CNet Training will directly address the evolving training needs of all current and future data center employees as they progress through their careers."

Bob Haswell, Founding Partner at Dominus Capital, remarked:

“This first acquisition for Uptime under Dominus ownership will further establish Uptime Education as the unparalleled leader in digital infrastructure education around the world. Uptime is the undisputed market leader worldwide, with results-oriented solutions for both providers and consumers of services delivered through mission critical data center, the true digital foundries, and factories of the Internet economy. The ongoing availability, resiliency, sustainability, security, and business value of these key infrastructure building blocks still overwhelmingly depend on the quality and capabilities of the workforces that operate them, and the skill, training and education of each individual team member.”

CNet Training, located in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, England is an award-winning, international technical education company that has been designing and delivering professional network and data center infrastructure training programs since 1996. A significant part of CNet Training’s history is the development of the company's Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to plan technical education, qualifications, and certifications to meet on-going individual and business needs. Since CNet’s inception, the company notes it has delivered training across 218 delivery locations in 45 countries and in 19 time zones, with over 83,000 individuals of 153 different nationalities having accessed CNet Training’s technical education.

As stated by a press release announcing the acquisition, "CNet Training dramatically extends the range and depth of Uptime Education offerings and positions Uptime as the learning and development partner of choice around the world. The combined offerings will include solutions valuable for every point in a career for a digital infrastructure professional. This includes entry level staff, even adolescents in apprenticeships, to post graduate degrees in Data Center Leadership for savvy, long serving professionals."

Andrew Stevens, CEO of CNet Training, commented:

“We are excited to join the accelerating Uptime team. CNet Training was already growing quickly, but now will have many more opportunities through further geographic expansion, and new service offerings, as a part of Uptime. As we look forward to this next phase, I want to personally thank all our clients, staff, and investors who have supported us over these past 26 + years of delivering unique value and in bringing ongoing innovation to the Digital Infrastructure Education market."

In wake of the acquisition, Uptime Institute noted that it will continue to identify and assess potential add-on acquisitions the better to broaden its offering and keep executing on its mission "to help data center owners, operators, and tenants ensure resilient, available, sustainable, and secure digital infrastructure."

Martin V. McCarthy, CEO of Uptime Institute, said:

“The data center industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The continued, extraordinary industry expansion requires a growing and diverse workforce, however concerns over the industry’s ability to attract, educate, and retain skilled technical staff persist. This acquisition will help our respective customers thrive in a rapidly changing ecosystem, by giving them access to a range of world class corporate learning and development technical education programs that are backed up by practical experience and specialized domain expertise."

For over 25 years, Uptime Institute has established benchmarks for data center performance, resilience, sustainability, and efficiency, which provide customers assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform across a wide array of operating conditions at a level consistent with their business needs. Uptime’s Tier Standard is widely held as the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the design, construction, and operation of data centers, the backbone of the digital economy.

With its Tier Standard and Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, SCIRA-FSI financial sector risk assessment, broad range of additional risk and performance assessments, intelligence research services, and accredited training courses completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime notes it has helped thousands of companies in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

For more information, visit www.uptimeinstitute.com and www.cnet-training.com.

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