Data center facility managers faced an uphill battle in 2020. In an effort to strike a balance between generating new tenants and providing flexibility for them—on top of ensuring a COVID-safe work environment—the year 2020 proved to be more difficult than we could predict.

We’re still facing many of the new challenges the year posed, and when you add in the fact that the industry is changing faster than ever, suddenly 2021 looks just as challenging.

To help you get a better understanding of where the data center industry is headed, we’ve analyzed CBRE’s 2021 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook and provided our thoughts on each of the major trends.

In this analysis, we’ll explore the following trends in great detail and discuss what the implications will be for colocation providers moving forward:

  • Data center growth will be at a slower rate than in 2020.
  • Investors will increasingly pour money into robust data center providers.
  • Affordable, clean energy will remain top of mind for providers and customers alike.
  • And much more!
Read the full analysis to uncover the trends that will impact the entire data center industry, as well as the colocation business throughout 2021.

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