Top Five Data Center Stories: Week of January 20


Microsoft data center campus in Quincy, Washington (Source: Microsoft video)

Here are the top stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this week:

Who Leased the Most Data Center Space in 2016? – Cloud providers and other tech companies with hyperscale internet platforms have completely changed the dynamics of the data center services market in recent years in the US and beyond.

2016 Was a Record Year for Data Center Acquisitions, but 2017 Will Be off the Charts – Data center acquisition volume hit record levels in 2016, and that record will likely be smashed in 2017 when the Verizon and CenturyLink portfolio deals close.

How Cloud is Changing the Colocation Data Center Market – Hyperscale cloud providers are sucking more and more customer workloads away from data center providers, while gobbling up more and more data center capacity to host those workloads, changing in a big way the dynamics in the global colocation data center market.

Here’s What’s Next for CenturyLink’s Data Center Business – The colocation business is expected to continue growing under the new ownership, which has signaled that it intends to invest in its growth, something CenturyLink’s executives said they were not willing to continue doing.

Here are the 10 Largest Data Center Providers in the World – As the last several years have shown, bigger is better when it comes to running a colocation data center services business. The biggest companies in retail and wholesale data center markets have further secured their dominance by acquiring hefty rivals, and there’s been a wave of consolidation in secondary markets, as smaller players seek to scale in order to compete.

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