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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.

Meta (Facebook)

Why You Should Watch: Simply put, Meta’s Metaverse will need new data centers to make possible. 

Although Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has been a high spender on building new data centers in recent years, the social media giant’s bullish plans to create a metaverse will likely require billions in new data center investments.

It is unclear as of now if Meta’s virtual metaverse will be a platform or an ecosystem of vendor suppliers. What is clear is that Meta will need to build new data centers, potentially smaller facilities in edge locations, in order to have enough computing and networking power to enable its metaverse.

In 2021, Facebook was one of the leading data center capacity companies in the world, according to Synergy Research Group. The company said from 2010 to 2019, Meta invested more than $16 billion data center construction and operations in the U.S. alone.

In 2022, Meta will potentially need to start laying the foundation of how its metaverse will be powered. It will be interesting to see if Meta acquires any data centers or builds new edge facilities, as well as if it forms new colocation partnerships or large leases.

 
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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