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 changing datacenter workloads on U.S. datacenter design, build, and management. The term datacenter means many things to many people. For a small United States–based 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 U.S. service provider environments, datacenters are the "factories" for delivering new services to United States–based consumers and businesses. In today's world of cloud, mobile devices, and intelligent industries, effective datacenter planning and management are critical to business success.
"Datacenters in the United States are no longer just the places where organizations keep their computers. They are the first points of contact with increasingly mobile customers and the foundations for new business models in a wide range of industries." — Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter and Cloud