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Cloud Acceptance Spurs Shift in Data Center Design

The emergence of cloud computing is having a dramatic impact on how utilities build their IT systems. In the past, they bought equipment and ran the systems themselves. Nowadays, they are offloading that task to cloud providers. The end result is a dramatic increase in the number of hyperscale data centers, large data centers running workloads for thousands and even millions of customers.

Synergy Research found that 541 hyperscale data centers had been deployed by the middle of 2020. The number increased by 100 over the last eight quarters, with 26 of those opening in the last six months.

Momentum Builds

So, clearly, this technology model has momentum and is changing how utilities build their computer systems. Amazon and Google were the most active companies over the last four quarters, accounting for over half of the total, with Microsoft and Oracle being the next most active vendors.

More hyperscale data center are coming: another 176 data centers are at various stages of planning or building, attesting to the robust health of the hyperscale ecosystem. The Covid 19 pandemic forced many utilities to revamp their business processes. They have been replacing traditional legacy system designs with modern cloud systems.

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