The short answer is Microsoft. The second-largest cloud service provider signed six of last year’s largest wholesale data center leases. The company most obviously missing from NADC’s report is AWS - why? They build their own!
Here are the 10 biggest data center leases signed in 2016, according to North American Data Centers: Microsoft: 35 MW with CloudHQ in Manassas, Virginia Microsoft: 30 MW with EdgeConneX in Elk Grove Village, Illinois Microsoft: 22 MW with CyrusOne in Ashburn, Virginia Microsoft: 16 MW with DuPont Fabros Technology in Santa Clara, California Microsoft: 13.5 MW with CyrusOne in Phoenix, Arizona Microsoft: 9 MW with CyrusOne in San Antonio, Texas Oracle: 6 MW with CyrusOne in Sterling, Virginia Salesforce: 6 MW with QTS in Dallas, Texas Oracle: 5 MW with CyrusOne in Ashburn, Virginia Oracle: 5 MW with Digital Realty Trust in Ashburn, Virginia