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EMEA data centres in growth race

The total amount invested in data centre outsourcing solutions in Europe will significantly increase over the next three years, according to ‘Data Centre Key Trends, Emerging EMEA', a newly released report by DCD Intelligence.

The report notes this is despite the region currently being behind other regions in terms of its data centre outsourcing profile, due to increased pressures placed on data centre operators in terms of increased power, IT capacity planning and budgetary concerns.

The most diverse of all the regions covered by the report differ greatly in terms of their economic, political and cultural profile, but all share a common theme in terms of being classified under the DCD development index as "evolving markets".

Characterised by smaller facilities, a lack of ‘mega data centres', lower power per rack and a small percentage of data centres located in purpose-built facilities, evolving markets show greater growth rates in terms of investment, power and space than their mature counterparts.
"Growth rates in the region continue to remain healthy in terms of space and investment, especially in Turkey and Eastern Europe. Across the region, we predict that growth rates for space will remain in double digits for the coming few years," Nick Parfitt, lead analyst at DCD Intelligence, explains.

With regards to space, DCD says the total amount of white space in the region is currently just under 1.4 million square metres, with Russia accounting for by far the largest proportion of the market, at 650 000 square metres. The strongest growth has occurred in Turkey and Eastern Europe, while the Middle East has witnessed a very small growth in total white space over 2012 levels.

The report also states that emerging EMEA has witnessed a 13.2% increase in data centre power consumption over the past 12 months, and while power per rack is still below levels in other regions, power consumption is expected to rise in line with the growth in white space through to 2016.