Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Voices of the Industry,

will-virtual-reality-make-on-site-data-center-tours-obsoleteIn this week’s Voices of the Industry, James Leach, Vice President of Marketing at RagingWire, looks at the impact virtual reality may have on traditional on-site data center tours.

With data centers – seeing is believing.

We see these tours all the time in Ashburn, Virginia, the largest market for data centers in the world. Ashburn is a destination market for data centers. Every day groups travel to Ashburn to tour the facilities that are the finalists for their data center deployment. Typically, these groups visit 3-5 data center providers over 2-3 days.

It is becoming more common to see “world tours” of data centers as companies deploy computing systems globally in an effort to improve systems performance and availability. Many of these tour groups are in the process of visiting Europe, Asia, and the U.S. We met with one tour group recently that was visiting 5 countries in 8 days!

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