Driven by the adoption of private as well as public cloud services, spending on datacentre IT infrastructure is set to grow to $40bn in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 2015, according to analyst research.
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The latest EMEA figures by analyst Canalys show spending on datacentre IT infrastructure, from server cabinets to large datacentres, will grow from $29bn in 2010 to $40bn in 2015.
"Datacentre transformation has emerged as a key IT topic in recent years, with a focus on establishing more centralised, pooled computing, storage and network resources to facilitate cloud computing,' said Matthew Ball, director of enterprise services at Canalys.
Matthew Ball said private and public cloud developments will cause virtualisation to grow at the quickest rate, with 12% growth each year between 2010 and 2015. As a result, storage sales are also expected to increase from $8bn to $12bn between 2010 and 2015.
Server sales will remain the largest market segment, continuing on from 2010 when servers made up 37% of total datacentre IT infrastructure spend.
Ball said datacentre consolidation will increase the use of privately-owned or third-party operated large datacentres as well as increase levels of risk.
"As companies place an increasing proportion of their IT assets in fewer locations, risk also increases," said Ball.
Alex Smith, Canalys analyst, added: "The challenge, however, is getting the right scale of compute, storage and network resources to meet current and future demand without too much or too little capacity."
Canalys predicts worldwide datacentre IT infrastructure sales will grow an average of 7% each year, to reach $149bn by 2015, up from $107bn last year.