U.S. Companies Planning Data Center Growth, Survey Says

Lora Bentley

U.S. data center decision-makers are planning expansions in the next year despite the economic slow down, according to new data from Digital Realty Trust.


Tech Central.ie reports that 86 percent of the Fortune 2000 companies surveyed say they will most likely expand their data centers this year, and 57 percent of respondents will do so with the help of partners rather than trying to complete projects on their own.


Sarbanes-Oxley and disaster recovery requirements are the two key drivers for most expansion projects, according to the survey. Of those planning to expand, 83 percent are expanding in terms of physical space. And the square footage required for expansions is increasing by half -- from 10,000 last year to 15,000 in 2008.


Digital Realty Trust CEO Michael Foust says that large planned investments in IT despite the state of the economy illustrate just how critical such infrastructure is in today's businesses.

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