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Amazon, Google And Alphabet Spent Billons In Data Center Investment Last Year

Placeholder, Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. are the top three players in the hyperscale computing world, and last year they spent a combined $31.5B on data centers.

That is 22% more than they spent in 2015, and experts said their investment pace is not expected to slow as the companies continue battling over the $500B database technology business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Experts said the three firms are already so far ahead in data center investment and capabilities that it would be difficult for any would-be rival to challenge them.

The three big cloud-infrastructure providers are expected to continue to open data centers around the world throughout 2017. Amazon recently announced plans to open a massive center in Stockholm, and Google and Microsoft have plans to open more centers both domestically and internationally.