Why cloud adoption isn’t slowing datacenter growth


I’m always interested in datacenters because I live in Northern Virginia, where a new one opens about once a month, leveraging a huge bundle of fiber coming out of the ground near Dulles Airport and cheap power sources. Indeed, they now call my region “Datacenter Alley.” 

A report by JLL shows that the strong movement of data , coupled with a growing corporate interest in internet of things (IoT) initiatives, is pushing the demand for these new datacenters. With data usage skyrocketing, major cloud providers expect triple their infrastructure by 2020, so they are building or renting datacenter space to keep up with the growth.

But at the same time, enterprises are not giving up their private or hosted traditional datacenters. That’s a natural part of the process, because you just can’t shut down the legacy systems before bringing their functionality to public cloud platforms.    That duality is a redundancy cost of cloud migration. 

So, we’re going to have more datacenters in the short term. However, as we share pools of platforms on public cloud providers, and do such way more efficiently, we should end up with fewer datacenters, right?