Data Center News Roundup for Friday, April 19, 2019

This week, we take a look at a new report that shows most data center workers are happy despite the challenges and heavy work loads; Gartner suggests data center equipment purchases may dip this year; news that Phoenix is the nation’s second most active data center market and more.

Challenging Work, Happy Workers

Recently, Informa Engage and Data Center Knowledge teamed up on a survey of data center industry workers and the results show that most employees are happy with their jobs and would even recommend their offspring to follow in their footsteps. At least 72 percent of those surveyed said they “loved” their current position and nearly the same amount said they’d recommend young relatives to get into the IT field, Network World reports. While many felt they fall short in the training needed to successfully do their jobs, most were happy with their pay (50 percent of workers surveyed make more than $100,000 per year). See more results from the survey here.

Could Equipment Spending Decline?

According to a Gartner study, possibly. Data Center Dynamics reported this week that Gartner is forecasting that overall spending will increase by 1.1, which is still growth, but it’s less than the group called for back in January when it predicted 2.8 percent in growth. But when it comes to spending on equipment, Gartner is bracing the industry for a bit of a decline by 2.8 percent to just $204 billion. Some of the reasons for the potential drop include the relative strength of the U.S. dollar, which will lead to average selling prices on equipment. See the reasoning and full prediction here.

Micro Data Centers Take Hold

Call it a mini rack or a micro data center, these small wonders are gaining in prominence across the globe as much traffic moves to the cloud, ZDnet reports this week. With a tiny footprint and integrated systems to their advantages, micro data centers are becoming the tools of choice for businesses of all sizes. The demand for micro facilities is driven by edge computing, 5G, IoT and other factors. Get the full rundown here.

Phoenix Rising

Spent time in Phoenix lately? If you haven’t, you might be surprised to learn that this desert oasis is now the second most active data center market in the nation. That’s according to CBRE’s Data Center Trends Report as covered by With Northern Virginia remaining solidly in the lead at 175.5 MW, Phoenix is doing its best to keep up, having added nearly 1,000 acres of data center-related land over the past two years. Phoenix currently has 41.6 MW of absorption. The top five cities are rounded out by Dallas-Fort Worth, Silicon Valley and Chicago. More here.