Investment in data centres has grown globally by 22 per cent from 2011

October 08, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Results from DatacenterDynamics Global Census 2012 study carried out by DCD Intelligence indicate that total investment in data centres has grown from approximately $86bn globally in 2011 to $105bn globally in 2012 – a rise of 22.1%.

The largest increase (22.5% globally) in investment from 2011 to 2012 is in the facilities management (FM) and mechanical and electrical (M&E) sectors including such areas as electrical distribution equipment and switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), generators, cooling equipment, security equipment, fire suppression and data centre infrastructure management systems and related services (22.5% increase globally). This was up $9bn from $40bn to $49bn.

In spite of tough economic conditions throughout the European region, the data centre sector has continued to show steady growth in terms of investment levels. Results from the census show that investment in data centres in Europe has grown by 13.6% in the period 2011 – 2012, up from $40.5bn in 2011 to $46bn in 2012.  Although this growth appears modest in comparison to regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America (24.2% and 31.4% respectively), it is a similar growth rate to the other mature data centre markets of North America and Europe – which still account for a high proportion of total global data centre investment ($105bn globally).

Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence, commented: “Our forecast for 2013 shows a slower rate of growth but still at a very healthy 14.5% over 2012 levels with a further $15bn of additional investment.”

The IT equipment sector (including ‘active’ equipment such as servers, storage, switches and routers) showed slower growth at 16.7% - from $30bn to $35bn. Projecting forward this is expected to continue to increase but at a slower rate into 2013.

Power (energy) requirements for the sector continue to rise. This year’s Census results show an increase during the last twelve months of 63.3% globally to 38 GW with a further 17% forecast for 2013.

There was also an increased average kilowatts (kW) per rack. Globally the proportion of high density racks (those over 10 kW per rack) as a proportion of total racks has increased from 15% in 2011 to 18% in