The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2013

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Revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on foreign citizens not only shook up international relations but also the 2013 data center infrastructure business for U.S.-based companies.

Concerns among foreign customers that data center hardware and cloud infrastructures from U.S. companies could have back doors through which the NSA could monitor overseas communications led to the Chinese-language China Economic Weekly this Summer to list eight U.S. IT companies, including Apple, Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm, as "guardian warriors who had infiltrated the Chinese market," according to the Brookings Institution.

Since then, IBM, Cisco and Microsoft have all reported weak sales in China.

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