Originally posted to Future-tech,
The data centre industry has exploded with vigorous growth; according to industry analyst IDC, the total number of data centres around the world will peak at 8.6 million in 2017. While “Data Center Outlook 2016” reports that this year data centre stocks surged 19% in Q1, and averaged 50% in Q2 and shows that globally, North America remains the most competitive market, representing 44% of the total market share.
Driving this growth is the explosion of data. According to IDC, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years. It means data centre providers need to be able to hander the sheer volume, accessibility and requirements for its storage and transport, but this is placing huge pressure on the infrastructure and resources, as well as decisions concerning location.
According to the “Data Centre Risk Index 2016”, when it comes to choosing a suitable location for a data centre, traditional drivers, such as cost and connectivity, are quickly being replaced by protection from natural disasters; a location’s coping capability ranked as the most important risk factors while political stability ranked second, collectively accounting for one third of overall decision making.
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