The world just reached a major digital tipping point in connectivity: right now, 51% of the planet’s 7.6 billion people have an internet connection, up from just 1% back in 1995. What’s more, the next couple of years will usher us into the Zettabyte Era, which should greatly benefit data centers and the peripheral businesses that allow them to run effectively.

Thanks to cloud computing, vast amounts of data generated by consumers, enterprises and governments can be easily stored, processed and disseminated to users around the world. All that cloud data actually resides at physical data centers scattered around the globe. These windowless and boxlike structures are essentially the planet’s digital factories, which means companies that build, operate, and service data centers are well positioned to profit from the digital information era . . .

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