Global census shows encouraging investment in data centres

Global census shows encouraging investment in data centres

DCD Intelligence has released the first of the global findings from the DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Census.

Key findings include the continued increase in investment in the sector, a rise in in power requirements globally and a significant increase in the uptake of outsourcing in particular the use of colocation.

Results from the census indicate that total investment in data centres has grown from approximately $86bn globally in 2011 to $105bn globally in 2012 – a rise of 22.1 per cent.

Commented Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence, ‘Our forecast for 2013 shows a slower rate of growth but still at a very healthy 14.5 per cent over 2012 levels with a further $15bn of additional investment.’

The largest increase (22.5 per cent globally) in investment from 2011 to 2012 is in the facilities management (FM) and mechanical and electrical (M&E) sectors including such areas as electrical distribution equipment and switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), generators, cooling equipment, security equipment, fire suppression and data centre infrastructure management systems and related services. This was up $9bn from $40bn to $49bn.

The IT equipment sector (including ‘active’ equipment such as servers, storage, switches and routers) showed slower growth at 16.7 per cent – from $30bn to $35bn. Projecting forward this is expected to continue to increase but at a slower rate into 2013.

Power requirements for the sector continue to rise. This year’s Census results show a massive increase over the last twelve months of 63.3 per cent globally to 38 gigawatts (GW) with a further 17 per cent forecast for 2013.

There was also an increased average kilowatts (kW) per rack. Globally the proportion of high density racks (those over 10kW per rack) as a proportion of total racks has increased from 15 per cent in 2011 to 18 per cent in 2012. The percentage of medium density racks (5-10kW per rack) has increased from 30 to 33 per cent.

The global trend for data centre ‘white space’ – the area in a data centre which houses the IT equipment – grew globally by a relatively small 8.3 per cent from 24 million square metres to 26 million square metres; though a sharper rise by 19.2 per cent to 31 million square metres is forecast for 2013.

There has been a significant increase in the uptake of outsourcing globally – particularly colocation – over the past 12 months (up 31.3 per cent from $16bn to $21bn) and this is projected to continue with a further $5bn increase into 2013. Reasons for this in the Western economies include the need during tough economic times to reduce CapEx as well as increasing complexities in the data centre environment.

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