LOS ANGELES—As cloud computing becomes increasingly prevalent, the question for many, if not most, corporate occupiers is not whether to seek out data center space, but how much and where. This leads to what Pat Lynch, managing director for data center solutions at CBRE Group, calls “complex site selection decisions, including whether to lease or own a facility.”

In a new report, CBRE identifies Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Northern Virginia, Portland and Seattle as the five most attractive markets for leasing a data center from the standpoint of cost effectiveness. These five markets scored in terms of project costs; conversely, Boston, Des Moines, Kansas City, Northern Florida and Omaha had the highest total project costs.

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