This IDC study provides a census of U.S. datacenters by size, sophistication, and ownership. It also assesses the impact of changing industry business models as well as IT and network developments on datacenter design, build, and management. The term "datacenter" means many things to many people. For a small organization, the datacenter may in fact represent a small closet. For larger organizations, the datacenter connotes the major, centralized, raised floor environment that houses the majority of IT systems. In service provider environments, datacenters are the "factories" for delivering new services to consumers and businesses. In today's world of cloud, mobile devices, and intelligent industries, effective datacenter planning and management are critical to business success.
"The datacenter is evolving from a term to describe a room or building where I put my IT equipment to a term to describe the facility on which I'll build and run my business." — Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter and Cloud