CBRE’s 2018 Global Data Center Trends Report provides a global perspective of trends impacting the data center industry today. In this report, we explore the following factors and their impacts across multiple regions:
The evolution in technology, along with rapid growth in demand for data across the globe, is largely driven by the leading hyperscale cloud providers. To meet the demands across the industry, these firms are rapidly absorbing, expanding and delivering new space and infrastructure options.
Corporate Outsourcing and Procurement Strategies
The convergence of IT and real estate in the data center industry has increased demand for hybrid cloud strategies. The successful implementation of hybrid cloud architectures will lead to roll-out of new services, including network/connectivity offerings and private/public cloud options, and cost-optimization in an effort to attract new users and expansions by existing users.
The number of markets across the globe capturing expansion and new providers continues to grow. These markets are increasingly attractive in data center site selection due to inexpensive power, connectivity and ease of the entitlement process, availability of land and incentives provided by local/regional municipalities.
Pricing Factors and Direction
While rental rates have stabilized over the past few years, the world’s growing population places upward pressure on data demands for mobile use, cloud computing and data storage. This demand raises the question: Does the data center industry fully understand the costs of its data?
Regulatory legislation can rapidly alter dynamics within the data center space. Current prevalent issues sweeping the globe include data privacy, cyber security and tax laws.