Datacentre capacity to grow 22% through 2019

A revised five year forecast for the UK datacentre market produced by Tariff Consultancy Ltd predicts steady growth and the emergence of ‘premium’ facilities

Total datacentre capacity available within the UK looks set to expand by 22% over the next five years, according to a new sector report released by pricing specialists Tariff Consultancy Ltd (TCL).

With the UK market already considered the largest in Europe, with over 650,000 square metres of floor space, TCL’s report suggested that the main growth drivers will come from outside the London area, with a number of campus-based and regional providers now developing their own datacentre ecosystems.

According to TCL, datacentre space outside of London now accounts for over half (56%) of all raised floor space in the UK, with Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Slough billed as key locations.

Over the five year period through 2019, TCL said that rack space pricing – excluding power – would also increase, but at a slower rate, growing 3% to around €1,031 (£854) per month.

It added that many providers would begin to include power with rack space pricing, with a number of providers including TeleCityGroup, Equinix and Interxion already offering metered power as standard. Older facilities with unused space are also beginning to bundle power with rack space to get more buyers through the doors.

TCL also pointed to the emergence of premium facilities, offering more flexibility in terms of SLAs, tiers of service, power bundles and pricing levels.

The report also picked up the growth of carrier neutral facilities, saying a number of telcos were increasingly renting new datacentre space rather than building their own facilities. The trend towards outsourcing of datacentre facilities is increasing, said TCL, with providers such as Digital Realty Trust (DRT) and NTT Com offering purpose-built facilities for particular specialist users.

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