This is surprising — at least to me. Despite the angst that Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene caused data center providers and their customers in the New York metro area over the last two years, businesses still want to expand their data center capacity in that low-lying, suddenly storm-surge-prone area.
According to a new survey for data center service provider Digital Realty Trust, 65 percent of the 148 companies surveyed that definitely plan to expand their data centers want to do so in New York City or its environs. This flies in the face of speculation that big New York companies would put more of their new data center firepower far from the coast.
Financial services companies and exchanges clustered in New York obviously need some compute power nearby to reduce latency on trades, but data center experts said those capabilities could be parceled out judiciously to local data centers while most of the other heavy lifting could be shipped off to facilities far from the coastal flood plain.
According to the new research:
“The majority of respondents who definitely plan to expand in 2013 would prefer to locate a new or expanded data center in New York City (65%); Los Angeles (47%), Dallas (36%), Chicago (31%), San Francisco (30%) and Phoenix (28%) are other U.S. cities mentioned often.”
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