The Data Centre


and property platform dedicated to serving hyperscale cloud providers and other large operators with a focus in Asia Pacific & Europe


About Stratus

Stratus Data Centres ("Stratus"), a member of the EXS Capital Group ("EXS"), is a data centre property platform led and managed by an experienced, specialist management team with over 20 years of proven track record in DC property investments, development and management. 


We have worked with a number of global investors to identify and secure exclusive access to DC projects and tenants through existing relationships, with capability to provide comprehensive products that meet tenants’ needs.


We are not a DC operator and do not compete with tenants in colocation business. We aim to be the long-term property partner of our customers, leverage our expertise in sourcing sites outside their home markets, securing power & planning, and developing build-to-suit DCs in multiple locations across Asia Pacific & Europe, achieving true “resource augmentation” for global hyperscalers and DC operators.

About EXS 

EXS is an independent investment firm dedicated to Asia Pacific with offices in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore, led by Eric Solberg, a 30 year Asia investment veteran, and a pedigree team.


EXS sponsors private equity investments into real estate businesses in partnership with expert management, either local developers or sector specialists, with the goal of building high-valuation market leaders.


A highly differentiated strategy and fund structure allows closer long-term partnership with management, counter-cyclical investment, longer term multi-stage structures, and ultimately higher expected realizations and returns.


Various members of the EXS Capital Group are licensed with the Monetary Authority of Singapore for Fund Management; with the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission for Advising on Securities, Corporate Finance and Asset Management, the Hong Kong Estates Agents Authority for Real Estate Brokerage, and are registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority in the Cayman Islands.






Specialized in built-to-suit powered & planned shells tailored for Hyperscale Cloud Providers and leading operator partners



Ready-to-go development opportunities with land under control, power and fibre secured, and visibility on planning



Cloud campuses designed for future growth with line of sight of large energy loads to be delivered in phases across multiple single-tenanted-buildings


Wide market coverage

Focused in Europe & Asia Pacific with a strong eye in South East Asia and other key, up-and-coming markets


Leadership Team


Eric Solberg


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Eric is Chairman of Stratus and Founder, Chairman and CEO of the EXS Capital Group, an independent private equity investment firm dedicated to Asia since 2007. Eric has been involved in the Asian private equity industry since 1991; as an investor, investment banker and entrepreneur, he has invested, advised and raised investor capital through several full business cycles. EXS specializes in leading private equity style investments into Asian real estate developers and platforms, with a track record including  Stratus Data Centres, SonKim Land and many other leading groups.

Prior to EXS, he was partner and head of Japan at CVCI Asia, Citigroup’s proprietary private equity group, where he led investments resulting in the founding of Shui On Land and Asia Broadcast Satellite. Prior to CVCI, Eric founded and ran the Strategic Capital Group, where he advised Harbin Brewery, eventually sold to Anheuser-Busch for US$800 million.


Eric started his career in finance at Wasserstein Perella & Co in New York. Educated at Harvard, Princeton and Stanford Business School’s Executive Program, Eric also speaks Japanese.


Jarrett Appleby

Senior Advisor

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Jarrett advises Stratus on its Go-to-Market strategy and strategic tenant relations with hyperscalers and strategic data centre operatring partners.  He has over 30 years of experience in the data centre & telecommunications industry, having successfully grown both mid-sized and multi-billion global companies. 


Jarrett has a successful track record in leading private equity & technology companies to accelerate growth globally, with a focus on emerging global markets – Hyperscale Data Centre platforms, Fiber Networks, Subsea Cable Systems for cloud & mobile networking and Edge services to support distributed architectures to the towers and buildings. Jarrett is currently the CEO of Appleby Strategy Group LLC a CEO and board advisory business for digital infrastructure that works with leading private equity and technology companies. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Sunguard AS a leading managed services company, Unitas Global an IT Services company focused on managing hybrid cloud and connectivity services and the Blackstone Group as a Senior Advisor.


​Prior to joining Stratus, Jarrett served as Chief Operating Officer at Digital Realty Trust (DRT), and was responsible for corporate strategy, global operations and service delivery, including data centre, design, construction & operations, supply chain and procurement, service innovation and product management & development. Before DRT, Jarrett was Chief Operating Officer at CoreSite a US Data Centre Operator and the Chief Marketing Officer at Equinix, where he helped to grow revenues from under US$700m to US$1.8b within four years.


Nigel Clarkson

Chief Property Officer

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Nigel is a seasoned property professional with over 30 years’ experience, with the last 20 dedicated to Data Centres (DCs). He has led the successful construction of major DC facilities in Europe and America, from identifying and acquiring sites, appointing consultants, to overseeing construction and commissioning.

In 2001, he founded Spire Technology, a DC property development company that acted as a long-term development partner of a Forbes listed UHNW investor from Hong Kong. At Spire Technology, Nigel developed several DC facilities that served major multinational corporations including Fujitsu, Colt, Marsh, Unisys Corp, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Other notable projects Nigel has been involved in include the development of Skyline 3000 in America and Australia, where he undertook a major DC consolidation programme with IBM, as well as formulating and implementing a £300 million DC strategy for British Telecom (BT), involving 13 DCs across Europe. 


Alex Perkins

Chief Development Officer

Stephen Kirby

Chief Acquisition Officer

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Alex is the Chief Development Officer for Stratus. A real estate veteran and data centre specialist, Alex brings with him deep expertise in data centre investment, site evaluation, due diligence, acquisitions, project management, design development, managing delivery of new-build data centres, as well as establishing systems and standards for operating data centres on a day-to-day basis.


Prior to joining Stratus, Alex was Senior Director and the regional lead of the Data Centre solutions business in Asia Pacific for Jones Lang Lasalle. Alex has over 25 years’ experience managing diverse client portfolios across the whole of Asia Pacific with strong experience in Hong Kong, China, India, Japan and South East Asia. Some of his key clients include Google, Microsoft, AWS, Equinix, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Citibank.


Alex holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Brunel University, London.

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​Stephen has over 18 years specializing in the EMEA Data Centre real estate sector, providing investment transaction advice for institutional and private investors, to include shell & core, fully fitted and colocation DC specifications.


Prior to joining Stratus, Stephen was a Partner and lead the EMEA DC Advisory practice at Cushman and Wakefield, where he oversaw the DC valuation workstream for the EMEA region and advised on DC site selection and development. He also provided DC lease advisory services including rent review, lease renewal and expert witness advice. Stephen is also experienced in the UK real estate market and specializes in all aspects of Red Book Valuations with a track record of regular portfolio accounts valuations and provision of loan security valuations. This experience includes a variety of real estate asset types to primarily include office, retail and industrial sectors.


Stephen holds a MSc in Commercial Property Management and is a RICS Registered Valuer and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Roland Kyle

Managing Director, EXS

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Roland is a Managing Director at EXS Capital Pte Ltd and has been involved with international real estate investment for over 23 years, the last 10 of which have been spent in Singapore.
Prior to joining EXS Capital, Roland was a Senior Principal at AEPim in Singapore for c. 10 years, directly involved with financing and oversight of Securus Data Property Fund, a Pan-Europe/Asia data centre fund, whose assets formed the majority of the portfolio of Keppel DC REIT, the first pure-play data centre REIT in Asia
(listed on SGX in December 2014).


Roland was also responsible for investing and managing a USD$250m family office mandate, and a senior member of Basil Property Trust, a commingled investment fund that acquired and managed assets in Singapore UK and Australia.


Prior to moving to Singapore, Roland was based in the US and was a Director within Citigroup’s Commercial Mortgage Finance department where he originated, structured and funded over US$1.1 billion of real estate financings.

Roland holds a BSc. (Surveying) from Trinity College Dublin and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Chris Kwan

Chief Financial Officer

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Chris joined EXS Capital since 2013 and has been dedicated to the founding of Stratus.  Chris is responsible for property and site acquisitions, due diligence, transaction structuring, execution, post investment management and financial management for Stratus.

Prior to EXS, Chris has over 10 years of experience in banking and held various positions at global financial institutions including JP Morgan and Citigroup, where he led the financial control, risk management, operation and technology functions.

Chris started his career as a Fin-Tech specialist in 1997 and was the original architect of the online trading platform for, the first online stock broker in Hong Kong that offers multi-lingual stock trading services in 12 exchanges.

Chris graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, holds a Master degree in Information Technology, and is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Senior Advisors


Robert Bath

Senior Advisor
Infrastructure & Power

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Rob advises Stratus on its energy & sustainability strategy including design and delivery.  He has over 15 years of experience in developing data centre energy & sustainability solutions for hyperscale and owner/operator data centre facilities around the world.

Prior to joining Stratus, Rob held a senior position in Digital Realty Trust (DRT) as Vice President of Engineering and Global Solutions, leading their engineering, network and infrastructure teams in support of business solutions, with responsibilities across property acquisition, design and construction, technology deployment and sales.

Prior to Digital Realty Trust, Rob was heavily involved, as a consultant, in the strategic and evolutionary planning of Global Data Centre Operator, Mobile Network Operator and Tier I Internet Service Provider platforms.

Rob received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council.

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