During the 2011-2012 financial year, the UK is expected to invest $3.35bn in datacentres - the second highest spending of any country, beaten only by the US. But with only a 2% expansion of new or existing facilities, the slow increase ranks UK datacentre expansion at 21st out of 22 regions, with only the western US growing less in 2011-2012, according to the DatacenterDynamics Global Industry Census 2011.
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The study sample of almost 100,000 facilities, representing 7.7 million racks, is expected to consume 31GW of energy - with a projected annual increase of 19% in energy use, a growth equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of almost six million households.
The fastest region for growth in facilities will be Turkey, up 60% according to DatacenterDynamics, while south-east Asia will see the largest investment growth, increasing 118%, compared to 25% in the UK.
Source: DatacenterDynamics Global Industry Census 2011
DatacenterDynamics noted that while the most spectacular growth is generally seen in developing markets, the quantum of growth is balanced between developed and developing markets. It said the value of the increase in investment across the three US markets is equivalent to all growth across the Asia Pacific region.