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feature 2 | THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL Decentralized Data Centers: The Future of the Industry? By jeffrey r clark phd Centralization of IT in fewer and fewer data centers has accelerated in recent years with the growing popularity of the cloud. Many companies have forgone the capital expenses of building their own facilities, opting instead for the operational-expense model of cloud computing. Likewise, users have shifted focus from local services (typically via desktop PCs) to remote services delivered to their tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. But the growing demand for bandwidth and low latency creates problems when service delivery relies on just a few large and likely distant data hubs.

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