Data centers and the nature of what they handle
One of the things that people often forget about the internet is that it’s not actually contained within the device they’re using. Obviously, the vast majority of people are well aware of that fact on an intellectual level. But it’s more the emotional view of the internet that causes a lot of confusion. When someone loads up a web page on their smartphone it feels like the machine is doing all of it by itself. Someone might have a cursory thought about the fact that the phone is making a connection to a transmission point, and from there leading to a machine which houses the information being retrieved. But people are seldom aware of just how intertwined various processes are when an url is entered into a browser.
The only problem is that for a long time this added level of processing power meant added size. The components within the industry were often far smaller than those used on a server. If a company wanted to remain competitive and offer the latest techniques than they had to keep going with large bulky models. It’s only very recently that things have changed enough to allow for the possibility of a small, or even mobile, micro data center.