Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,

Data Center Deal Action Shifts to Regional MarketsA flurry of data center acquisitions in January highlight the industry’s growing focus on regional markets, as service providers and investors bought up facilities in second-tier cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Boston and Louisville.

The month’s M&A action reflects our prediction that edge computing will create opportunities in regional markets in 2017. As the potential demand drivers for edge computing – which include the Internet of Things, virtual reality and connected cars – gain broader market acceptance, service providers will move to build or acquire storage and network capacity outside the major data center markets.

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