Worldwide Demand for Data Centers Surges

Worldwide Demand for Data Centers Surges

Worldwide Demand for Data Centers Surges

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Total annual investment in data centers has reached $105 billion, up 22% from 2011.

Despite the growing profile of consolidation and cloud computing, data centers remain a major source of increased global spending, according to findings from the “Datacenter Dynamics 2012 Global Census” from DCD Intelligence. As you might expect, a surge in activity in less-developed regions is supporting much of the investment, especially in the Asia Pacific region and Latin America. While energy consumption continues to present issues, the forecast for future power usage looks encouraging. "Surprisingly, concern about power availability and cost—which have been constant topics in the media and data center professional groups in recent years—is actually down on a global basis," says Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence. "This is explained in part by the increasing representation among the sample of companies in less-developed markets where power requirements are smaller than in mature markets." Also, data center companies are coming up with greater efficiencies to further cut power costs. An estimated 5,000 data center operators and end users took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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