Throughout 2017, user demand for smart data center solutions is expected to heat up. Here are the top five data center trends we expect to see:
- Bold M&A will disrupt the playing field, while raising barriers to entry for newcomers to join the game.
- Shifting global policy and economic trends will spark important new questions about sovereignty and taxation.
- Data still needs a home, but cloud adoption is shifting which data centers host it and where.
- Retail pricing may be on the way out in 2017 and beyond, as wholesale pricing becomes ubiquitous.
- Investors will continue to clamor for data center REITs for good reason.
- Merger and acquisition activity was key in the market, with deals such as Telx/DLR, Cologix/NetAccess and QTS’s purchase of DuPont Fabros Technology’s data center campus.
- Financial services led the way in colocation leasing activity, with healthcare and life sciences quietly filling in some of the vacancy gaps.
- Many of the large enterprise data centers strongly considered the question of owning compared to leasing.
- Construction of additional speculative space may be on the horizon. Turnkey inventory has been whittled down considerably through 2016, and margins could tighten after a few prospective deals come to fruition.
- New national and global providers will enter the market due to the proximity to New York City and the financial markets.
- The state’s gubernatorial election could inspire legislators to revisit incentives packages for attracting and retaining corporate tenants, which could potentially include more coverage for data center users.
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