Software, IT and computer services firms are among the leaders in edge data storage and processing, with a combined 68% of companies processing data at the edge, either on the data-generating device or on nearby IT infrastructure. As IoT continues to take shape, organizations will develop a better understanding of the demand for real-time data on devices. The top concerns of software, IT and computer services firms when selecting the location of data and applications include supporting demand for low-latency connectivity to devices, security of data, cost to store and transport data, and preparing for what lies ahead. The need for proximity to customers will create a requirement for cost-effective, multi-geography footprints, with a growing focus on secondary markets as demand for devices develops. Software, IT and computer services firms will find that colocation facilities are most likely to serve the current need while positioning them for the changes that could lie ahead.

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