The Data Center industry is buoyant. We can read reports, analysis and articles every day to prove that this real estate asset, linked to the technological world, is going through a blooming stage in terms of demand, investment, and growth.
It is curious that Covid-19 pandemic, which has so severely harmed other sectors, has been like tailwind in the case of Data Centers, putting in display their fundamental role in society, as they are the infrastructure that has enabled professional and educational remote activity to function correctly.
There are other elements which explain the progression of a sector that already grew in two-digit figures yearly, being the most important the migration of IT services to the cloud, fostered by the Cloud Service Providers.
These technological giants, also known as hyperscalers, have been expanding their cloud infrastructure to endure the vertiginous migration rate. Therefore, they have deployed new availability zones (AZ) in multiple countries, to offer a better service level to local clients (service portfolio, availability, and latency).
Many times, the Data Center housing these services are property of the Cloud Service Providers, but most of them are hired to specialized Data Center providers, under a model of leasing or Colocation. In this sense, it is important to highlight that not every Data Center can fulfill the needs of hyperscalers, whose selection processes are especially thorough.
Next, we will see which are the main demands from hyperscalers towards Colocation services, and the differences between them and a traditional retail client:
Only those Colocation providers able to answer satisfactorily to these demands will have a chance to host a hyperscaler.
Juan Bezón, Strategy & Value Proposition – Nabiax