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Enterprise data centers won’t really go away

January 28, 2022

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The network specialist Aryaka recently sponsored a survey of 1,600 IT professionals. More than half (51%) said they planned to close all their traditional data centers in the next 24 months. Furthermore, 27% said they would eliminate at least some of their facilities, citing cloud computing migration as the primary driver.

If you drove around the hamlet of Ashburn, Virginia, you would never guess those percentages were correct. I live and work nearby, and data center construction rages on in Ashburn. Four- and five-story windowless monsters flank many streets, making them look more like corridors than roads.

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