Places like Chicago and Santa Clara are offering data center space wholesale and companies like Zynga and Twitter are taking advantage of the same for better business. Zynga, after going public recently and Twitter are the two of the biggest data center space leasers in the year 2011.
This finding was revealed by the year end report from Grubb and Ellis National Data center Practice. While the report has spanned only their own operations, it does point to prevalent data center trends. The biggest users of wholesale data center space were Web 2.0 companies and Zynga and Twitter and not enterprises.
Zynga has made the biggest lease deal with the company. The social gaming company has signed up nine megawatts of capacity at a Santa Clara data center. Twitter has leased eight megawatts. Closely following these two is Rackspace which has gone in for a 7.9 megawatt data center lease in Chicago.
Wholesale space can be differentiated from managed and hosted space from the fact that the tenants can lease the space and place their own equipment within it and also run the space by themselves thus giving them more freedom.
Grubb and Ellis is a broker for wholesale data center space. It has enabled builders like Digital Realty Trust and DuPont Fabros with tenants.