One of the principal features of Industry 4.0 is the fact that it involves storing and processing data in the cloud. This cloud consists of a great many data centers connected together via extremely fast data transmission lines. The most modern of these centers is located in Biere near Magdeburg.
Without the cloud, Industry 4.0 is a pipe dream, and without data centers, there can be no cloud. Data sent from local computers and devices need to be recorded, saved, processed and sent on to data consumers. That is why high-performance data centers form just as important a component of the backbone of the "Internet of Things" as fast data transmission lines and mobile telecommunication standards.