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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.

Digital Realty

Why You Should Watch: Digital Realty is consolidating the data center market on a global basis.  

Digital Realty is spending billions on acquisitions and organic growth initiatives surrounding its massive data center footprint of more than 280 facilities across 24 countries on six continents.

In January, Austin, Texas-based Digital Realty unveiled plans to become the leading colocation and interconnection provider in Africa by investing $3.5 billion to acquire a 55 percent majority stake in Africa’s largest data center provider, Teraco. In 2021, Digital Realty unveiled plans to acquire Medallion Data Centres for $29 million, one of Africa’s leading colocation and interconnection providers.

The recent move shows that Digital Realty now plans to invest a large amount on expanding its global data center reach into emerging geographies or into new key markets.

For example, in 2020, Digital Realty made one of the biggest data center purchases in history with its $8.4 billion acquisition of fellow data center giant InterXion, which had 53 facilities in 11 European counties.

It will be interesting to watch in 2022 if Digital Realty continues to consolidate the data center market with acquisitions at such a rapid pace.

 
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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