(The Hosting News) – In a sign that could be considered positive for the tech community, a survey unveiled by Digital Realty Trust on Monday signaled that 92% of some top businesses in North America “definitely or probably” planned new data center projects during the course of this year.
The top data center provider runs the survey annually and 2012 was the sixth time they’ve done so. The latest survey indicated the highest increase as compared to any other year thus far. To conduct this year’s study, Digital Realty worked with Campos Research & Analysis.
Discussing the matter in a press release, Digital Realty CEO Michael F. Foust discussed the factors that played a role in this year’s increased demand. “These include the continued adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud computing solutions, pent up demand from enterprise customers that had deferred expansion plans in previous years due to economic uncertainty, an improved economic outlook, and the proliferation of data requiring appropriate computing and storage environments,” commented Foust.
The survey also examined data center growth over the last two years, indicating that seventy percent of the study’s respondents had already added data center projects within that time frame.
Among the 92% planning expansion in 2012, 54% of respondents indicated that their projects would be at least 15 thousand square feet. 38% of the same 92% also indicated they’d add at least three new locations. In a similar study released by the company last month, Digital Realty also examined the European market. That result was 85% of respondents overseas planning expansion projects.
Meanwhile, Digital Realty Trust has kept busy with its own expansion efforts. Last month, the company announced that it had acquired a new 819 square foot data center site in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Lewisville. Digital Realty Trust’s data centers span the North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets. For more information regarding the survey’s results, go here (investor.digitalrealty.com).