Global data centre investment up 22%: report
Further increase of 14% expected into 2013, suggests DCD survey
DatacenterDynamics Intelligence today announced the findings of its DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Census, a worldwide survey of the data centre industry.
The research shows that total investment in data centres has grown from approximately $86bn globally in 2011 to $105bn globally in 2012, a rise of 22.1%.
"Our forecast for 2013 shows a slower rate of growth but still at a very healthy 14.5% over 2012 levels with a further $15bn of additional investment," said Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence.
The largest increase (22.5% 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 (22.5% increase globally). 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% - from $30bn to $35bn. Projecting forward this is expected to continue to increase but at a slower rate into 2013.
"Much of the increase in investment in the sector is being driven by growth in less developed markets, although we continue to see some growth in the mature data centre markets of North America and Western Europe. Regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America are the ones really fuelling global data centre investment levels."