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We’ve heard terms like these bantered about over the last year. WIth the pandemic increasing our reliance on the Internet for school and work, it is no wonder. About this, the report Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics states, “The year 2020 was the tipping point with the Internet along with its entire ecosystem witnessing a revolutionizing impact as the COVID-19 pandemic changed the human relationship with technology. The Internet and its allied technologies are witnessing growth and newfound importance as they become critical vehicles to not just fight the pandemic but also survive its impact.”
Not only does digital infrastructure refer to the wires of fiber optic cable delivering high speed Internet, it also refers to data centers, the dedicated spaces that store data and run processes and systems, including telecommunications.
Data centers have greatly expanded in number since the beginning of the Internet boom of the late 1990s. The majority of these data warehouses are located in the United States, followed by China, Japan, and parts of Western Europe.
They are critical to public and private cloud platforms, including those of Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Twitter, as well as 5G networks and mission critical computing processes of all types.
Post-pandemic, it is no surprise that data center growth continues. In fact, data center construction is expected to set records this year, according to a new report from commercial real estate company CBRE.
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