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Security, disaster recovery and power issues driving European data centre growth

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., has released key findings from its annual study of the European data centre market. The research was conducted on behalf of Digital Realty by Campos Research & Analysis, an independent research firm.

The survey of senior leadership at large corporations in Europe revealed the following data centre growth trends:

  • A strong majority of respondents, 88 percent, indicate that they will definitely or probably expand their data centres in either 2013 or 2014;
  • 25 percent of respondents indicate that they will definitely expand in 2013, compared to 22 percent a year ago;
  • The main reasons given for data centre expansion are, in order of importance, the need for security, disaster recovery, and power issues (the supply/reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency);
  • The trend is towards slightly more compact data centres, with an average size requirement of 14,100 square feet (1,300 square metres), compared to 15,600 square feet (1,500 square metres) a year ago;
  • Data centre planning revolves around two power concerns: the supply and reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency to minimize the power requirements of the data centre;
  • Demand for new data centres is highest among businesses in the UK;
  • Established business centres remain the most popular locations for situating a new data centre, with London (29 percent), Paris (24 percent) and Frankfurt (21 percent) the top choices.

The Campos survey respondents indicate a preference for locating new data centres in their own countries, however, they do not rule out North America and APAC as possible locations:

  • For over two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents, the priority is to add facilities within their own country;
  • Just under half of organizations surveyed (46 percent) intend to spread this expansion across at least two sites;
  • The most important factors cited in choosing a data centre site were security and connectivity.

A summary of the Campos Research & Analysis survey results can be found here.

•Date: 16th April 2013 • UK / Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Data centre / centers

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