UK Data Centres market report
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This report addresses the following key questions:
- Is the modernisation of existing data centres offsetting demand for new centres?
- 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?
- How are company strategies changing to accommodate market developments?
A data centre (sometimes spelled datacentre) is a centralised repository, either physical or virtual, for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information organised around a particular body of knowledge or pertaining to a particular business. A data centre is a dedicated space where companies can keep and operate most of the ICT infrastructure that supports their business. This comprises the servers and storage equipment that run application software, and process and store data and content. For some companies this might be a simple cage or rack of equipment, for others it could be a room housing a few or many cabinets, depending on the scale of their operation.
The space will typically have a raised floor with cabling ducts running underneath to feed power to the cabinets and carry the cables that connect the cabinets together.
The environment is controlled in terms of areas, such as temperature and humidity, to ensure the performance and operational integrity of the systems within. Facilities will generally include power supplies, backup power, chillers, cabling, fire and water detection systems and security controls.
Data centres can be in-house, located in a company’s own facility, or outsourced with equipment co-located at a third-party site. Outsourcing does not necessarily mean relinquishing control of equipment; it can also include a facility to house that equipment.
A private data centre may exist within an organisation's facilities or may be maintained as a specialised facility. Under such a definition, virtually every organisation has a data centre, although it might be referred to as a server room or a computer closet. This report is concerned with centres that are used for rental to other companies. These are typically referred to as a colocation centre (also spelled co-location, or colo). In this definition, the data centre has equipment, space, and bandwidth available for rental to customers.
All values quoted in this report are at current prices unless otherwise specified.
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Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The data centre sector remains highly fragmented in the UK as it is worldwide. Growth in the number of data centres is slowing, but demand for services continues to grow. This is encouraging widespread modernisation of the legacy infrastructure to increase capacity and gain greater cost efficiency. Eventually there will be a strong trend to concentration, encouraged by the barriers to entry created by this modernisation, but the attractiveness of the sector is such that venture capital/external finance will continue to be attracted to the industry.
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