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The 10 Biggest Data Center News Stories Of 2018

CRN breaks down the biggest news stories of 2018 from the rise of software-defined data centers and hyper-converged infrastructure to innovations from Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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10. Amazon, Google And Facebook Rapidly Expand Data Center Footprint

Technology giants Amazon, Google and Facebook all rapidly expanded their data center footprints in the U.S. and around the globe in 2018. The three industry titans accelerated data center construction around the world and were some of the top data center infrastructure buyers this year as they seek to meet increasing data and cloud demands. Amazon now owns 57 data centers in 19 regions globally, including the opening of a new center in Sweden this year. Amazon also unveiled plans to build three new centers in Italy and its first facility in Africa by 2020. Social media giant Facebook expanded its data center push this year, increasing the amount of centers in Nebraska from two to six, unveiling its ninth state-of-the-art facility in Georgia, and unveiling plans to build an 11-story, 170,000-square-foot data center in Singapore. As Google Cloud gains traction in the cloud marketplace, the company has been on a global data center expansion tear this year, opening its first Cloud Platform center in Montreal and unveiling plans to open three new data centers in Switzerland in early 2019. Each company will most likely continue to pour billions into new data centers next year.

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