This IDC study provides our annual summary of U.S. data from IDC's semiannual worldwide and U.S. Datacenter Deployment Model data product (see Worldwide and U.S. Datacenter Deployment Model and Spend Forecast, 2H16: 2012–2021, IDC #US42319517, February 2017). It provides a census of worldwide datacenters by size, sophistication, and ownership. It assesses the impact of changing industry business models as well as changing demand for systems of record, engagement, and insight on datacenter design, construction, and management. For larger U.S. 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 United States-based consumers and businesses. In today's world of cloud, mobile devices, and cognitive systems, effective datacenter planning and management are critical to business success. More details on spending associated with datacenter construction and datacenter design approaches can be found in the deployment model.
"U.S. organizations are focused on digital transformation, but this transformation requires agile development that requires agile IT, which depends upon using agile datacenters. Businesses' response to this need is a one-time shift in future datacenter construction and major rebuilds that will play out from 2016 to 2019." — Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter and Cloud, Datacenter Trends and Strategies