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Data centers - statistics & facts

A data center is a network of computing and storage resources that enable the delivery of shared software applications and data. These centers can house large amounts of critical and important data, and therefore are vital to the daily functions of companies and consumers alike, with security and reliability of data centers key factors. As such, information technology (IT) spending on data center systems worldwide is estimated to amount to 208 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

The evolution of technology, along with the rapid growth in demand for data across the globe, is largely driven by the leading hyperscale data center providers. To meet the demands across industry, firms are rapidly expanding and delivering new infrastructure options, with an expected 628 hyperscale data centers worldwide by 2021. Hyperscale computing is necessary for cloud and big data storage, as well as other applications demanded in the modern, digital world.

In the past, data centers were highly controlled physical infrastructures, but the cloud has since changed that model. IT departments are turning to datacenter automation to support large-scale environments and infrastructure, while simultaneously improving operational efficiency and productivity. In 2020, cloud IT infrastructure spending is expected to reach 69.2 billion U.S. dollars.

In order to provide greater security and efficiency, many data centers are overseeing the widespread implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in their processes and systems. AI technologies and tasks require specialized AI chips that are more powerful and optimized for advanced machine learning (ML) algorithms, owning to an overall growth in data center chip revenues.

An interesting development in the data center industry is the rise of the edge computing. IT infrastructure is moved into edge data centers, specialized facilities that are located nearer to end-users. The global edge data center market size is expected to reach 13.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2024, twice the size of the market in 2020, with experts suggesting that the growth of emerging technologies like 5G and IoT will contribute to this growth.

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