The four key considerations in global data center site selection
August 3rd, 2011: DataCenterDynamics
By Jim Smith
The general consensus of leading market analysts and research firms is that the data center market can look forward to continued growth for at least the next five years. A variety of factors are typically cited for these enviable macro growth projections including: the continued shift to a global transaction economy, the plethora of web-based applications and the rise of cloud-based services.
While there is wide consensus on the continued escalation of overall demand, there is stratification in terms of the geographic distribution of the projected need for data center capacity. Each of the major geographic areas in the data center market and their individual city-level sub-markets are poised for growth but there are four factors that will influence the degree of expansion in each region: power availability; technical cost considerations; regulation; and regional economic considerations.
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