The headline on this morning's New York Times story pretty much says it all: Cultivating Server Farms: A Comeback Boom for the Operators of Data Centers. The thrust of the story won't be news to DCK readers and others who have tracked trends in the industry. But the article by Kristina Shevory, which includes comments from Internap, Equinix and Digital Realty Trust, offers a concise summary of how much has changed. An excerpt:
The good times are back for data center operators. Over the next 10 years, more than half of all data center operators expect to expand, according to a 2006 survey by Afcom, an association of data center managers in Orange, Calif. "It's blown up again and it's a whole new world," said Jill Eckhaus, president of Afcom.
It's quite a contrast to the "nuclear winter" of 2002-03, when the industry was awash in surplus data centers and equipment from a wave of bankruptcies by dot-coms and telecom companies.