Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,
A 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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