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10 Data Center Companies You Need To Watch In 2022

Mark Haranas

From Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to Apple and Equinix, here are 10 data center companies you need to watch in 2022 as the data center market surges.

Microsoft

Why You Should Watch: From Azure and Windows 11 to underwater data centers, Microsoft’s innovation and growth are sky high. 

Microsoft has continued to be one of the biggest spenders on building new data centers on a global basis over the past several years to accommodate its massive Microsoft Azure growth as well as consumer technology such as VR and the new Windows 11.

Thanks to its data center capacity and footprint, the Microsoft Azure cloud business is soaring. Microsoft’s total cloud quarterly sales passed $20 billion for the first time in its history during the company’s most recent first fiscal quarter, up 36 percent year over year. Microsoft Azure, in particular, grew 50 percent year over year. The Redmond, Wash.-based worldwide software leader is now a top three leader in hyperscale data center capacity on a worldwide basis, according to Synergy Research Group.

In addition to consistently spending billions on building new data center regions for Azure, Microsoft is looking at better ways to manage data center efficiency such as on immersion cooling technology used in bitcoin mining as a promising technology for future high-density data centers, as well as underwater data centers.

In 2022 and beyond, Microsoft will be one of the most interesting data center innovators to watch.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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