By Paul Diamond
As a part of its annual Fortune 500 issue, this year Fortune Magazine took a look at burgeoning big data demands and how it’s affecting an industry near and dear to our hearts – the data center industry.
Author Michal Lev-Ram, in his piece “What’s The Next Big Thing In Big Data? Bigger Data,” investigates how with more and more businesses awakening to the idea that they should collect and analyze all of their data – from IT performance to customer preferences – there is a growing need for more virtual and physical storage space to meet the demand, and for companies to have a strong data strategy on what to keep and how to use it.
In the article, Lev-Ram discusses how the amount of data being captured will continue to grow in the coming years:
“The current aggregate U.S. ‘floor space’ of data centers is about 666 million square feet. By 2016 that number is expected to rise to 727 million square feet. Elsewhere in the world, data centers are popping up in Hong Kong, Brazil, Dubai, and other hubs that are both business-friendly and close to dense populations. Cloud-computing traffic, the fastest-growing area of data center activity, is expected to more than quadruple from 2012 to 2017, at which point it will represent nearly two-thirds of total workloads. Another big driver is the Internet of Things, the term used for wireless communication between appliances, vehicles, and other interconnected machines and objects. According to the research firm Gartner, there will be 26 billion connected devices that aren’t PCs or phones in the world by 2020, up from less than 1 billion in 2009. All of them will be creating and transmitting data.”
We here at Markley Group remain dedicated to helping our clients solve their data storage issues – regardless of whether they need data center space that can grow as they do, space that has extra protections to meet stringent industry regulations, or simply want to take advantage of our carrier-neutral access to more than 80+ independent network providers and eight utility feeds substations.
In the second image in the article, the top U.S. data centers by size are plotted out on a map, including Markley Group. They list us with 800,000 square feet, but we’re actually up to 920,000 these days. Regardless, we’re proud to be in such great company.