This year's study shows that 83% of respondents are planningdata center expansions in the next 12 to 24 months, while 36% havedefinite plans to make those expansions during 2010. Among otherhighlights: The top reason for data center expansions the need foradditional power, and data center/ IT budgets are both projected toincrease by 8% percent in 2010.

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Chris Crosby, senior vice president of corporate development forDigital Realty, says that the survey findings "point to strongdemand for data center space this year and next year as a largemajority of enterprises expand their IT infrastructure." One of themost interesting results of the study is that power is now playingsuch a large role in expansions, Crosby says.

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"Another key finding of this study is the increasing importanceof data center partners in these corporate expansions," Crosbynotes. "More than ever before, enterprises are turning to wholesaleproviders and other specialists for these data centers in order toleverage their expertise and to reduce or eliminate capitalexpenses."

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Michelle Bailey, a vice president at International Data Corp.,points out that last year, many companies put their plans for newdata center construction on hold as the capital markets dried up."As a result, we have seen IT organizations increasingly look tothird party suppliers with flexible financing strategies as a meansto supplement their own aging data centers," she explains.

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Crosby cites "significant progress over the past two to threeyears in the area of data center energy efficiency." He notes that,over that period, the industry has gone from power metering beingthe exception to power metering being utilized by more than threequarters of respondents. "These are very positive signs thatcompanies better understand their data centers' energy use and canmake informed decisions to reduce energy consumption," Crosbyconcludes.

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The data center study was based on a detailed survey of 300 ITdecision makers at large corporationss in North America who areresponsible for shaping their companies' data center strategies.The research was conducted for Digital Realty Trust by CamposResearch & Analysis. Highlights from the study were scheduledto be provided in a webinar today featuring International DataCorp. vice president Michelle Bailey and Digital Realty Trustsenior executive Chris Crosby.

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