Strong demand for data center space is continuing in Northern Virginia, the largest and most active data center market in the United States, according to a new market report from Data Center Frontier.
Northern Virginia is the largest data center market in the United States, and the most active. It is currently poised for a data center building boom, according to a new market report from Data Center Frontier.
When you think of the leading data center markets in the country a few cities and states immediately come to mind: New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Santa Clara California, Dallas, Texas, Jackson, Mississippi… While the capital city of the Magnolia state may seem more likely to conjure visions of mint juleps rather than rows of racks and servers, that won’t always be the case if the state’s governmental leaders have their way. Although we may never refer to the area as the “Silicon Delta”, the efforts of states like Mississippi reflect the desire of many non-traditional locales to welcome the data center industry with open arms. The packages of economic incentives available, and under consideration, by a number of state and local governments provide new opportunities to many businesses outside of the traditional major data center markets.
The Chicago data center market appears poised for growth. Leasing was strong during 2015, with net absorption of 27 MW of capacity. This robust leasing has prompted new construction, with up to 200 MW of additional capacity planned for coming years. There are several new players entering the Chicago market, while incumbent providers are adding space to accommodate future demand.
The primary focus of any data center is the critical applications that form an enterprise business and operational core—its commercial and technical heart. Last-generation facilities, which were often designed using traditional methods created during the mainframe era, simply aren’t capable of handling the requirements of today’s business- critical applications. Additionally, deploying a data center with inadequate or inappropriate resources, or placing the facility in the wrong location, can negatively impact application performance and, in turn, enterprise success.