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The rise of cloud computing continues to fuel demand for data center deployments, but across the world communication service providers (CSPs) are reaching different conclusions about the value of data center assets.


  • Hybrid clouds need hybrid data center strategies. Enterprises are now deploying hybrid cloud environments by default. To serve enterprises effectively, CSPs should focus on orchestrating enterprises’ workloads between private infrastructures and appropriate public services.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses CSPs' data center strategy options.
  • Outlines potential strategy differentiators for CSP data centers.

Key questions answered

  • How are CSPs building data centers, where are they building, and what have they spent?
  • What are the risks and threats to CSPs in the data center market?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers

Market context

  • CSPs have a range of data center strategy options
  • CSPs are rethinking data center ownership
  • Governments are changing market dynamics
  • CSPs’ interest in data centers ebbs and flows
  • Data centers have failed to take CSPs from ground to cloud
  • CSP data centers have unique characteristics

Data center strategy choices

  • No data center size or strategy fits all

Key decision points

  • Location is key
  • Market positioning


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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