According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, today’s world is creating as much content in just two days as all of civilization created from inception until 2003! Experts forecast between 20 billion and 1 trillion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. While these numbers might sound outlandish, it’s clear the Internet is becoming the underlying infrastructure for how our economy and society operate. Therefore, we must not only make data center equipment purchases for today, but also do so with an eye on the future.

We rely upon data centers and servers to power the massive amounts of technology and data needed to operate our businesses. Whether you outsource your data center hosting or do it yourself, there are some trends that companies need to carefully consider so they don’t move themselves into a dead end.   As our reliance on IT grows exponentially, here are five data center equipment trends any business should consider:

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