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Study: Large Enterprises Plan to Expand Data Centers

Large enterprises are planning to expand their data centers this year.

Much has been made of the IT industry's transition to consolidate data centers through virtual servers and cloud-based systems, yet many large enterprises expect to expand their data center space and investments during the next two years.

According to a recent Digital Realty Trust

Much has been made of the IT industry's transition to consolidate data centers through virtual servers and cloud-based systems, yet many large enterprises expect to expand their data center space and investments during the next two years.

According to a recent Digital Realty Trust survey, a record percentage of large corporations plan to definitely or probably expand their data centers in 2012. Ninety-two percent of senior decision-makers reported such plans, compared to 70 percent of respondents whose companies have built or acquired a data center project within the previous 24 months.

"There are a number of factors that we believe are driving the increase in demand for data center space as reported in the survey," said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty. "These include the continued adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud computing solutions … and the proliferation of data requiring appropriate computing and storage environments."

Of respondents who definitely expect to expand their data centers this year, 38 percent plan to grow in three or more locations and 54 percent anticipate pursuing projects of 15,000 square feet or more in size.

The study is in line with a recent IHS iSuppli study, which revealed cloud server shipments are projected to reach 875,000 united this year, a 35 percent increase from 2011 and almost double the number shipped in 2010.

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