The insatiable demand for data centers and compute cycles is on a strong, upward trajectory. Today's data center industry is estimated to consume around 1.5% of the world's energy. The net result is that the industry is undergoing a sea change as it struggles to keep energy demand in check while concurrently growing. The change is driven by a diverse yet highly integrated set of factors: the prices of electricity and real estate, greenhouse gas emissions, information technology improvements, an unending increase in storage requirements, cloud computing, virtualization, electronic-based business models, large steps in cooling techniques, and significant improvements in monitoring and management tool suites.
A number of factors contribute to the changing data center industry. These include public policy recommendations and implementations, industry refinement and sharing of best practices, cooperation between equipment manufacturers and facilities operators to achieve compute cycle improvements at increasingly higher temperature and humidity levels, emerging markets, and the rapid adoption of smart phones and mobile computing devices, to name a few. Underpinning the changes taking place in the industry are the requirements of reliability, security, and sustainability.
This Pike Research report explores global green data center trends with regional forecasts for market size and opportunities through 2016. The report examines the impacts of global economic and political factors on regional data center growth, along with newly adopted developments in power and cooling infrastructure, servers, storage, and data center infrastructure management software tools across the industry. The research study profiles key industry players and their strategies for expansion and technology adoption.
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