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Data Centres - UK - May 2016

“Exponential growth in data, set to further increase with the Internet of Things; continued migration to the Cloud; advances in communication speeds; ever advancing technology in computing power; and the trend to third-party outsourcing of non-core activities can only result in growing data centre demand.”

– Terry Leggett, Senior B2B Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What are the driving forces for the data centre development?
  • Will out of town developments challenge the early domination of city centre models?
  • Will the sector continue to attract private equity funding?
  • Will the fragmented sector increase in concentration?

As one of Europe’s financial centres and a gateway to the region for much transatlantic internet traffic, the UK is one of the key data centre markets in Europe. Most data centres are located in London, with Docklands the most attractive location, where the central internet exchanges LINX and LoNAP are based. Together with the Netherlands, Germany and France, Great Britain is among the top four markets in Europe and is very well connected with direct fibre connections to many different countries.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK market for colocation data centres, 2015-2020
        • Figure 2: UK analysis of data centres, by type, 2015
        • Figure 3: UK analysis of data centres, by raised floor space, 2015
        • Figure 4: UK analysis of data centres, by revenue function, 2015
        • Figure 5: UK data centre usage, by industry, 2015
        • Figure 6: UK data centre usage, by size of company, 2015
        • Figure 7: UK analysis of colocation data centre locations, by, country, 2016
      • Market factors
        • Figure 8: Worldwide number of Internet users, 1995-2015
        • Figure 9: UK cloud computing market, 2010-15
        • Figure 10: UK companies with hosted or cloud-based services in use, 2010-15
      • Companies
        • What we think
        • Key Issues

            • What are the driving forces for the data centre development?
              • Will out of town developments challenge the early domination of city centre models?
                • Will the sector continue to attract private equity funding?
                  • Will the fragmented sector increase in concentration?
                  • Introduction

                    • Issues in the Market
                      • Definitions
                        • Methodology
                          • Abbreviations
                            • Market positioning
                              • Figure 11: World analysis of colocation data centre locations, 2016
                              • Figure 12: UK role in the Western European market for colocation data centres, 2016
                          • UK Economy

                            • Overview
                              • Figure 13: UK GDP quarterly development, 2003-16
                              • Figure 14: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                            • Inflation
                              • Interest rates
                                • House prices
                                  • Figure 15: UK House price changes, 2004-2016
                                • Consumer spending
                                  • Manufacturing
                                    • Figure 16: UK manufacturing, 2013-16
                                  • Business investment
                                    • Figure 17: UK GFCF 2003-15
                                  • Imports
                                    • Exports
                                    • Market Factors

                                        • Market factors
                                          • Internet use grows exponentially - a worldwide trend
                                            • Figure 18: Worldwide number of Internet users, 1995-2015
                                            • Figure 19: Proportion of businesses with internet access, by size of company in the UK, 2010-14
                                            • Figure 20: Proportion of businesses by maximum contracted internet connection speed, by size of company in the UK, 2010-14
                                            • Figure 21: Worldwide Internet usage, by region, 2010-15
                                            • Figure 22: Global Internet traffic 1992-2014 and forecast 2019
                                          • Growth driven by changes in devices and connectivity
                                            • Figure 23: Global Internet traffic, by device type 2014 and forecast 2019
                                          • The development of the cloud
                                            • Figure 24: UK cloud computing market, 2010-14
                                            • Figure 25: Proportion of businesses buying cloud computing services in the UK compared with EU15, by type of service, 2014
                                            • Figure 26: UK companies with hosted or cloud-based services in use, 2010-15
                                        • Market Size and Forecast

                                            • Market size and forecast
                                              • The UK market
                                                • Figure 27: UK market for colocation data centres, 2015-2020
                                              • World context on data - more, more and more!
                                                • An attractive investment
                                                  • Figure 28: Typical running cost breakdown of a medium sized data centre, 2014
                                                • An industry ripe for consolidation
                                                • Market Segmentation

                                                    • Market segmentation
                                                      • Types of data centres
                                                          • Figure 29: UK analysis of data centres, by type, 2015
                                                          • Figure 30: UK analysis of data centres, by raised floor space, 2015
                                                        • Data centre functions
                                                          • Figure 31: UK analysis of data centres, by revenue function, 2015
                                                        • Type of end user
                                                          • Figure 32: Segmentation of the UK market for IT services by industry, 2015
                                                          • Figure 33: UK data centre usage, by industry, 2015
                                                        • Size of end user
                                                          • Figure 34: UK leading web hosting operators, 2016
                                                          • Figure 35: UK data centre usage, by size of company, 2015
                                                        • Geographic Breakdown
                                                          • Figure 36: UK analysis of colocation data centre locations, by, country, 2016
                                                        • England
                                                          • Figure 37: Major data centre locations in England, 2016
                                                        • Scotland
                                                          • Figure 38: Major data centre locations in Scotland, 2016
                                                        • Wales
                                                          • Figure 39: Major data centre locations in Wales, 2016
                                                        • Northern Ireland
                                                        • Market Trends

                                                            • Market trends
                                                              • A green outlook
                                                                • Regional development
                                                                  • Cloudy future
                                                                    • Many data centres for many uses
                                                                      • Infrastructure management
                                                                      • Industry Structure

                                                                          • Industry development
                                                                            • Company profiles
                                                                            • Colt Technology Services

                                                                                  • Figure 40: Financial Analysis of Colt Technology Services, 2010-14
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • Equinix

                                                                                    • Figure 41: Geographic analysis of Equinix data centre locations, 2015
                                                                                    • Figure 42: Financial Analysis of Equinix (UK), 2010-14
                                                                                    • Figure 43: Turnover segmentation of Equinix (UK), 2014
                                                                                    • Figure 44: Financial Analysis of TelecityGroup UK, 2010-14
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • Global Switch

                                                                                        • Figure 45: Financial Analysis of Global Switch, 2011-15
                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                      • Interxion

                                                                                            • Figure 46: Revenue growth of Interxion, 2010-15
                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                          • iomart Group

                                                                                                • Figure 47: Financial analysis of iomart Group, 2011-15
                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                              • Level 3 Communications

                                                                                                  • Figure 48: Turnover development of Level 3 Communications, 2011-15
                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                • Next Generation Data

                                                                                                      • Figure 49: Financial analysis of Next Generation Data, 2013-15
                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                    • Onyx Group

                                                                                                          • Figure 50: Financial analysis of Onyx Information Technology Holdings, 2011-14
                                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                                        • Pulsant

                                                                                                              • Figure 51: Financial analysis of Pulsant, 2011-14
                                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                                            • Telehouse Europe

                                                                                                                  • Figure 52: Financial Analysis of Telehouse International Corporation of Europe, 2010-15
                                                                                                                • Company strategy

                                                                                                                Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                Data Centres - UK - May 2016

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