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451 Research - COVID-19—Keeping the Data Center Lights on During a Crisis

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Digital services are being relied upon now more than ever for remote working tools, streaming and online entertainment, healthcare and more. This 451 Research report discusses the ‘invisible infrastructure’ responsible for powering these digital services, how data center providers are addressing the spikes in traffic and what they are doing to keep everything up and running during a time of crisis.


  • In some European countries, internet use has been up as much as 50%
  • For colocation providers, there is a growing demand for additional data center and networking bandwidth
  • Many multi-tenant data center providers face the challenge of catering for temporary spikes and a later return to pre-COVID-19 use cases
Providers say many customers are holding back on new projects where they can—especially new migrations and other large-scale projects. That doesn’t mean there isn’t more demand. Colocation providers that work with cloud, managed services, systems integrators, networking operators and content providers are increasingly asking for additional datacenter and networking bandwidth.
Penny Jones
Research Director, 451 Research

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