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January 9, 2015

Social media and cloud boost data centre leasing 37%

Large wholesale deals involving the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo drove much of the growth.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

The US data centre industry has seen a surge in the leasing of wholesale data centre space, driven by demand from social media companies and cloud providers.

A report, published by North American Data Centers, revealed a 37% rise in leased wholesale data centre space between 2013 and 2014.

Much of the growth was driven by large wholesale deals, which included Twitter’s 21MW deal with QTS Realty Trust and Microsoft’s sublease of 13.65MW of space from Yahoo.

The research also predicted a "significant uptick" in transactions under 500KW, which will adversely affect collocation pricing due to wholesale and cloud pricing.

Meanwhile, the data centre construction market is set to unlock more than $22bn in revenues by 2019, driven by increased demand for data storage.

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