With a huge increase in the number of connected devices around the world, there’s a strong demand now for more data centers. A new report at Insight Partners shows that this problem will continue, escalating even further as we move into the future. According to the report, the 2017 data center construction market was valued at $43.7 billion. But by the year 2025, it is expected to grow to $92.9 billion, which more than doubles in size.
One area that will cause a significant increase in the market is machine learning and AI inventions. Today, there’s already a substantial increase in the number of products that use some type of AI technology:
- Smart home devices
- Wearable technology
- Self-driving cars and other forms of self-driving transportation
- Drones used in construction and many other industries
Big Data Requires Even Bigger Data Centers
The bottom line is that all these devices collect, send and receive data. And they need larger data centers to accommodate the increased flow of data traffic.
Social media sites represent another big group of data center users. Though Facebook is still number one in this category, there are sites like Instagram and Pinterest where people customarily post photos and media. Data of this type requires more megabytes. And so do games. Online games are hugely popular at the moments but they do often require a large amount of space at a data center and on the users own computer or phone. This is causing computer manufacturers to build computers with larger processors and hard drives.
Amazon already has dozens of data centers all over the world and they’re still growing. As the company expands, they will need data centers to process all the new orders that come in. And they’re not alone; many global organizations are now faced with the same problem. They’ve grown to the point of requiring larger warehouses, office buildings, and shipping facilities. With increases like this, it’s no wonder that the demand for data centers is rising.
At the moment, giant data centers are popping up all over the country. From Austin, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia and Waukee Iowa, new and massive data centers are being built to handle the new and tremendous flow of data. Though the prospects for the future seem exciting, they do present the world with new, never-before-seen challenges.
These challenges include stronger cyber security methods, an inability to process the data quickly and correctly, and large financial investments. Of course, there are a number of other major obstacles that will arise, but companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft seem able to meet these challenges and tackle the future head-on.