Crunch Time: The Credit Crunch & Data Centers

Data centers are filled with servers and storage, and the demand for the facilities is driven by trends in information technology. But they are also real estate, and the supply of data centers is governed by the ability to finance these capital-intensive building projects. Many observers of the data center industry are closely watching corporate IT spending as an indicator of future demand. But conditions in the commercial real estate markets are emerging as a major influence in the future supply of data centers. For the remainder of 2008, the credit crunch is likely to be a major player in the data center market.

Today we begin a five-day series of stories looking at supply and demand in the data center market, and how it may be affected by the credit crunch and economic slowdown. Here’s an overview of our “Crunch Time” series:

  • Today: A look at the eroding conditions in the credit markets and commercial real estate, and what this means for data center projects that are in the planning stage.
  • Tuesday: What will the credit crunch mean for the data center builders, the specialized companies that have already committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new facilities?
  • Wednesday: Wall Street’s appetite for premier data center space has been a boon to the industry. Will the financial sector, bruised by huge losses from subprime lending, continue to build new facilities?
  • Thursday: Analysts say belt-tightening in corporate America will squeeze IT budgets hard. With IT budgets shrinking, can the booming demand for data centers continue?
  • Does video change everything? How might common assumptions about supply and demand for data center services be altered by the emergence of online video.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

One Comment

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