Data centers are quickly disappearing, explains a new report from IDC.
According to the report, data centers across the world are dropping in numbers and in square footage annually. In 2015, there were 8.55 million data centers in the world. By the end of 2017, this figure will drop to at least 8.4 million. And by 2021, there will only be about 7.2 million data centers — a total reduction of 15 percent from 2015.
Why is this happening?
Organizations — especially the federal government — are now consolidating their facilities in an effort to reduce operating costs and become greener. Plus, businesses are now renting an increasing amount of server power from third party providers. And the vast majority are turning to hosted or hybrid cloud services.
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So if your business is dismantling or consolidating its data centers, then rest assured you are not alone. This is becoming a very popular trend, and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, we will only see the trend accelerate in the coming years and so your business is definitely ahead of the curve.
But is success guaranteed? Now that is another story.
Whether you are switching to a hosted cloud provider like AWS, consolidating multiple servers into a single facility or just looking to reduce your data load entirely, you still need to keep a close watch on power management. Otherwise, your cost-saving experiment could wind up doing more harm than good.