Massive deals by Microsoft drove a 25 percent increase in data center leasing activity from 2015, making 2016 a blockbuster year for wholesale providers, according to a new report, which says 2017 may see a continuation of cloud-driven growth.
Amid the consolidation in the data center industry, Equinix and Digital Realty continue to grow through acquisition. We checked in with both companies to discuss the evolving data center market, and the road ahead.
As cloud computing providers seek more and more data center capacity, they are pre-leasing entire data center buildings, prompting developers to adopt a build-to-suit model for these projects.
With its $26 billion deal to acquire the business social network LinkedIn, Microsoft stands to become an even larger player in the market for wholesale data center space.