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Thursday, 13 July 2017 15:21

How Data Center Space Will Grow Despite Decreasing Number of Data Centers

The number of data centers have been continuously increasing since 2009, yet this is all about to change. Experts predict that after peaking at roughly 8.6 million data centers in 2017, the number of data centers will begin to decline. The driving factor of this decline is the migration from smaller, in-house IT centers to data centers operated by larger service providers. Although the number of data centers will decrease, the data center space itself will not, because data center capacity will continue to grow.

Due to the shift to larger service providers, the role of the corporate data center will change as well. In the past, corporate data centers solely supported operations. Today, they have a variety of functions, including: testing new business models; developing and improving new products and retaining lasting relationships with customers. Because a data center must now be able to support a variety of functions, its infrastructure must have the ability to continuously change. This is much harder to accomplish for smaller data centers, which is why you will see these smaller data centers disappear in the coming years. Today’s data centers need to be flexible, dependable and easily scalable.

The shift to larger data centers provides organizations with the infrastructure needed to adapt to a variety of different needs. It is predicted that over the course of the next five years, most organizations will stop managing their own data centers. This will result in the steady decline of in-house data centers, and lead to a higher demand for larger service providers. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2018, ‘mega data centers’ will account for 72.6 percent of all service provider data center construction projects.

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