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Globally, the number of people working in or for data centers increased to approximately 585,000 in 2014 and to an estimated 620,000 in 2015. This number includes facility staff and managers, IT and network managers, engineers and project managers, technical specialists and directors and C-level managers.
Globally, the data center industry has continued to maintain a healthy growth rate in terms of the amount invested by data center owners and operators in facilities, IT infrastructure and outsourcing. The past 12 months have seen an overall 8% increase in the amount invested, this figure outstrips that for white space growth globally, an illustration of the changing nature of the data center industry as it matures.
Organizations are looking to digitize business processes armed with big data given the potential insight provided. Initial complexity, data storage costs and manageability are issues for CIOs however. In some industries such as Formula 1 racing, portability of data is a poignant issue once big data are integrated into operations.
Over the past decade, the European data center industry has come to be regarded as a crucial foundation for the growth of the Digital Economy. This has coincided with a period of rapid data center expansion and evolution.
A number of key trends recur through the analysis of individual markets in this report. These trends include the shift from in-house facilities towards colocation and outsourced space, the shift from physical servers towards virtualized and software-defined architectures and cloud-enabled services and the blurring of the traditional boundaries between capital investment and operating costs.
Many parts of the continent have experienced explosive growth in the number of Internet and smartphone users, while increased bandwidth availability has lowered the cost of Internet access and fueled content consumption. These trends have increased the need for telco data centers. Governments across the continent have been a major source of data center investment. In many cases, new data centers have been deployed to support government development initiatives.
The outlook for the colocation market in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) is cautiously positive, despite global economic uncertainty associated with Western sanctions on Russia over the conflict with Ukraine.
This report has been prepared as part of DCD Intelligence’s range of regional profile and analysis reports. It includes information and analysis from the four annual Census surveys conducted between 2011 and 2014, and includes information on Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and the collective markets of Central America and the Caribbean.
This report analyzes the market for colocation and other data center services in the six countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. In addition to analyzing the key trends and major developments shaping the market for commercial data center services in these countries, the report examines the leading service providers with a focus on their business models and strategies.
The report assesses the business climate and provides an overview of the political and security risks. It also evaluates the market attractiveness for potential investors, as well as identifying the leading providers of data center services, their geographic scope, connectivity and strategies.This report covers the commercial data center landscape in Central America, describing current market conditions of a region until recently long overlooked by foreign investors.
Dell will become the largest full-range IT supplier later in 2015, following IBM’s offloads and HP’s decision to split off its PC and printer business to HP Inc. As a private company, it is able to focus more clearly on its customers’ needs. It has become mainly an enterprise supplier over the past few years, though it retains a strong presence in the consumer PC market.
On 11 February 2015, European data center operators TelecityGroup plc and Interxion Holdings NV announced their intention to merge, subject to a binding agreement and director, shareholder and regulatory approval. Investors and markets welcomed the news, sending both stocks up over 15% on the day.
CoreSite Realty Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) which operates data centers in eight key markets in the US with more than 2.7m gross sq ft of space, 1.5m sq ft of which is existing data center space. The 17th facility came online in late 2014
Founded 30 years ago, Cisco designs and sells software, hardware, networking and communications-technology services. Although the company has made forays into the consumer market, it is best known as a world-leading provider of IP networking equipment, supplying about four-fifths of the infrastructure that powers the Internet.
Telehouse is a carrier-neutral provider of colocation and managed data center services, operating a network of 42 data centers in 24 cities in 13 countries in Asia,Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and North America. Expansions in existing markets that are scheduled to open in 2015 and 2016 will take the company’s total footprint to 371,000m2 in 45 data centers.
Equinix, Inc. provides network-neutral colocation and related interconnection and managed IT infrastructure services via a network of 101 data centers in 32 key metropolitan areas in 15 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).