October 10, 2012 – U.S. data centers continue to get bigger as internal data efforts are handled by virtualization, consolidation and the cloud, according to a new forecast from IDC.

A slow, steady decline in the number of data centers in the U.S. that was spurred by the economic crisis in 2008 will continue over the foreseeable future, the research firm stated. There are approximately 2.94 million data centers nationwide, a number which is anticipated to drop to 2.89 million by 2016. In terms of sizes, however, total data center space is expected to grow to more than 700 million square feet in 2016, an increase of nearly 90 million square feet from present levels, according to the forecast. In four years, IDC also expects service providers to grow to take up more than one-quarter of all large data center capacity across the U.S.

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