Data centers will absorb significant investments as users create more data and consume computing power. As companies push more data to the cloud, data center growth is inevitable. But as pointed out earlier, the bigger question revolves around what the cloud looks like moving forward. The answer may be that data centers become more customized and more geographic-specific than they’ve been in the past.
Facebook is building a new, one million square foot facility just outside downtown Atlanta, while other large cloud providers like Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Alibaba build facilities in secondary or even tertiary regions across the U.S.
Telecom companies, too, are adding micro-data centers near 5G towers, as the pressure for edge computing — a way to streamline the flow of data for real-time analysis — grows.
“Excellent fundamentals, room to build, prime geography, and low costs of electricity/development put Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) on shortlists for developers and investors everywhere,” says CBRE's Data Center Solutions team [source]. And while DFW is already a major data center hub for those reasons, it’s likely investors will find those same requirements attractive elsewhere — in cities like Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta.