Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft are just a few of the organizations building the world's largest data facilities.
Data centers provide the foundation of today’s digitally driven world by storing, processing, and serving information to and from technology users.
All industries — from healthcare to finance to manufacturing — rely on data centers to support this growing creation and consumption of data. In certain instances, these data centers may be proprietary and located on-premise, while in other instances, they may be shared and located remotely.
Either way, data centers are at the heart of the world’s growing technological focus and continue to experience transformations of their own.
On one hand, data centers have become smaller and more distributed. On the other hand, data centers have also become larger and more centralized than ever before.
Referred to as mega data centers, these facilities are large enough to serve the needs of tens-of-thousands of organizations simultaneously and benefit greatly from economies of scale. According to the CB Insights Market Sizing tool, the global data center services market is estimated to reach $228B by 2020.
Using CB Insights data, we highlight 10 companies behind the world’s largest data centers as well as their motivations for building these enormous structures. In certain cases, these facilities are complete and operational. In others, construction is still underway.
(We previously compiled a list of companies building edge data centers.)