UK datacentre managers should consider investing in co-location services early, as prices are expected to rise within the next year because of growing demand, a study published by IDC has found.
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The IDC European Datacentre survey of 834 companies showed that the UK uses the highest average amount of floor space per datacentre in Europe, and that this will rise by 9% over the next 12 months. In terms of racks per datacentre, the UK again has the largest average in datacentres in Europe, and this is projected to increase by 10% over the next year.
James Eibisch, research director, EMEA IP and hosting services at IDC, said that organisations which expected the heavy use of blade servers to reduce their datacentre footprint and lower costs have found that the reduction in floor space they have achieved is not matched by a reduction in power consumption.
"In fact, the resulting greater power density creates significant cooling problems that are often resolved only by spreading the blades out over the original amount of floor space," he said.
The combination of these trends means that demand for co-location and managed services is likely to grow. But the research revealed that some UK organisations are still reticent to use co-location.
"Retaining control is the number one apparent benefit, but we believe it is unlikely that a full 40% of companies need that level of control, which can add to costs," said Eibisch.