The COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis has reinforced the importance of data centers and what they do. The digital transformation that was thought to be a multi-year evolution has been dramatically compressed. The pandemic has been a watershed event for the world, and a defining moment for the cloud.
Entire industries are effectively being reset, and this transition has made digital infrastructure more important than ever. This is a new world for everyone. Our entire global society is prioritizing the things that are critical to their business, and what they need to do to deliver them. There’s a shared challenge of trying to deal with these new realities, to try and think creatively about what the best solutions are.
The data center industry has a long history of experience operating in difficult circumstances and environments. The data center’s history has prepared it to play this key role as the backstop for the rest of the economy. It’s becoming clear that the Coronavirus pandemic will have long-term implications for the industry, and will influence business for some time to come.
Here’s a look at our year-end 2020 coverage of the pandemic’s extraordinary impact n data center leasing and construction.
Data center developers are scrambling to add capacity, as this year’s record leasing activity has consumed much of the available supply of server space. Several leading markets are seeing a boom in construction.
Here are some of the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
In our ongoing coverage, Data Center Frontier explores the strategic challenges the pandemic presents for the data center and cloud computing sectors as we navigate this complex new landscape. See more recent stories below.