The data center market continues to evolve as virtualization,
the cloud, and managed services
impacts the market for data centers. A decline in the number of
U.S. data centers continues even as capacity continues to increase.
The number of U.S. data centers fell for the first time in 2009,
down 0.7%, as the economic crisis hit. In contrast, U.S. data
center capacity increased 1%. That's become a trend in ensuing
years, reflecting "a major change in data center and IT asset
deployment that will accelerate further in coming years," according
to a new report from
Rapid growth in "array of applications and devices," ongoing
digitization of vast amounts of data and the drive to organize and
analyze it are driving the trend, which "has had a significant
impact on how businesses build, organize, and invest in data center
facilities and assets," according to IDC.
According to its "U.S.
Datacenter 2012-2016 Forecast," IDC expects a decline in
the number of U.S. data centers from 2.94 million in 2012 to 2.89
million in 2016. A fall in the number of internal server rooms and
closets will lead the contraction, along with "a very small decline
in mid-sized local data centers."
Nonetheless, total data center space will increase
significantly, expanding from 611.4 million square feet in 2012 to
more than 700 million in 2016, led by growth in very large data
centers run by service providers. Service providers' data centers
will account for more than 25% of all large U.S. data center
capacity by the end of the forecast period.
Smaller internal data centers will decline in both number and
size, while growth in the number of large, internal data centers
will lag that for very large data centers operated by service
providers, IDC says.
A dramatic increase in the use of server virtualization, which
enables data center managers to consolidate server assets, has been
the most notable factor driving these trends, according to IDC. In
addition to enabling them to shut down smaller remote server rooms
and closets, it also enabled them to make investments in power and
energy management, which has become an increasingly important
Similarly, the shift toward cloud computing
architecture for application, platform and infrastructure delivery
has been an important factor driving recent trends. In parallel
with the exploding amount of digital content being made available,
"the build-out of public cloud offerings is driving major growth in
the number and size of larger data centers," IDC points out.
CHR Solutions is keenly aware of these trends and have invested
heavily in data center capacity. Utilizing many of the technologies
and trends outlined in this IDC report enables us to extend data
center capacity to clients, relieving them of the high cost to
build and operate them. Contact us today to learn how to
leverage this important capability.