This IDC study provides our annual summary of data from IDC's semiannual Worldwide and U.S. Datacenter Census. It provides a census of worldwide datacenters by size, sophistication, and ownership. It assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing industry business models on datacenter design, construction, and management. Succeeding in today's stressed business environment requires new approaches to deploying and operating resilient IT resources in critical locations, and this will shape enterprises' and service providers' plans for new datacenter investments.
'Demand for modernized and smarter datacenter facilities that accommodate new workloads and new locations accelerated throughout the global pandemic. Building and outfitting these adaptable, resilient facilities became challenging with limited ability for site selection, supply chain constraints, and safety precautions. Large colocation and service providers met a critical need during difficult times, and they will continue to be essential resources to digital transformation initiatives.' — Jennifer Cooke, research director, Cloud to Edge Datacenter Trends