As communications service providers (CSPs) see slowing in their traditional services businesses, they are naturally looking at adjacent areas, for example IT and cloud services, for growth. As this occurs, data center infrastructure becomes increasingly important to CSPs’ business strategies and revenue expansion. Ovum Telecoms’ recent data center research highlights that an essential part of CSPs’ data center strategy is interconnecting these assets and using these networks to differentiate. As noted at Verizon’s April 17–18 analyst event, packet–optical connectivity is a critical CSP differentiator for a resilient, high-capacity, and flexible network of data centers. This competition will place greater pressure on independent data center operators.