Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 20

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This chart from Microsoft shows an estimate of the growth of the data center construction market.

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week:

  • How Big is the Data Center Construction Market? – How big is the market for data center construction? How much is it going to grow? Industry veteran Christian Belady of Microsoft has done an analysis, and projects that annual global spending on data center construction will increase from about $50 billion today to about $78 billion by 2020.
  • HP is Betting on the Cloud and WebOS – It’s becoming increasingly clear that with last year’s purchase of smartphone maker Palm and its WebOS, HP is going to develop its own cloud offering. HP CEO Leo Apotheker announced this week that HP wants to provide the platform of choice for cloud services and connectivity and that HP will launch a public cloud offering in the near future.
  • Verizon Scraps Plans for Massive NY Data Center – Verizon has scrapped plans for a 900,000 square foot data center near Buffalo, citing delays in acquiring the land and a lawsuit from a local resident seeking to block the project. The data center could have meant more than $4 billion in investment over the next decade at a site on the shores of Lake Ontario in Somerset, N.Y.
  • Japan May Prioritize Power for Data Centers – Data center provider Equinix has arranged for priority deliveries of diesel fuel to ensure that its two data centers in Tokyo can continue operating through planned blackouts being implemented by the local utility Tokyo Electric Power. The colocation company said Tuesday that the Japanese government is working to ensure that data centers have power so that communications services remain available across the nation.
  • Latisys Offers ‘Data Center as a Service’ – Data center providers continue to focus on electric power as they structure and price deals for data center and colocation space. As customers seek more flexible terms in acquiring current and future power capacity, providers are rolling out new programs to differentiate their offerings.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.