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Because many data centers are running out of power, cooling or floor space isn’t a surprise. Due to the recession, some companies even put data center projects on hold, and are just now starting to ramp up spending. So, now some companies need to do major infrastructure upgrades – and these can cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a year to build.

Even after they are built, data centers are expensive to operate, largely because of the power needed to run the IT gear and cooling equipment.  Plenty of reports show this is why even conservative companies are moving IT workloads outside their own data centers.

What do you think, is the cost of upgrading/building and the running of a traditional data center causing more and more companies to buy into the cloud (Ripe) or is this just more cloud hype?

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