Data Centers are Booming! (Virtualisation or Cloud ring a bell?)
"After a drought in the construction of new data centers in the past couple of years, the market is starting to thaw a bit."
Understatement of the Century! From what I see companies specialising in fitting datacenters ranging from storage companies offering Comms (e.g HP) to comms companies offfering storage (e.g. Cisco) to 3rd party data center installation specialists have all announced that 2010 saw a significant uptick in data centre / cloud revenues for them (most in excess of 30% growth last year in this area of business!). (I will cede that it may have been off a very low base!)
The amount of data being stored globally is growing exponentially and combined with the use cases for virtualisation (driven by EMC/VMWare, Ctirix, MS et al) and cloud type use-cases are also driving lots of data centre expansion and renewal projects with companies outsourcing their own data centres to hosted ones as a means of cost reduction.
This business is booming!