Annual Survey Shows Top Data Centre Growth Drivers in Europe

May 22, 2014

LONDON, UK - 21 May 2014 - Storage growth, business growth, and the virtualisation of critical applications are seen to be the greatest drivers for data centre capacity growth for European companies participating in a commissioned survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre and colocation solutions.
Digital Realty’s 2014 survey of data centre trends across Europe canvassed data centre decision makers in the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
The combined survey results for the five countries revealed that the top expected drivers of data centre capacity growth were storage growth (56 percent), business growth (48 percent), and virtualisation (42 percent). The next tier of drivers included big data (36 percent), business continuity (26 percent), and data centre consolidation (23 percent).Key drivers by country were as follows:

  • UK: Storage growth, business growth, virtualisation, and big data
  • Germany: Storage growth, virtualisation, big data, and business growth
  • France: Storage growth, business growth, virtualisation, and big data
  • Netherlands: Business growth, storage growth/big data (tied), and virtualisation/redundancy (tied)
  • Ireland: Business growth, compliance/consolidation (tied), and business continuity

Commenting on the survey findings, Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, EMEA, for Digital Realty said, "This information further enhances our understanding of current and prospective client requirements. In a notable shift from last year, the top three drivers of data centre capacity growth were storage growth, business growth, and virtualisation, versus security, disaster recovery, and the supply/reliability of power in the 2013 survey. This is consistent with the shifting view of the data centre from a cost centre to a revenue centre, and a critical component of underlying business growth."

Strong Expansion Plans
When asked about future plans for data centre capacity planning, almost all respondents (92 percent) indicated they are planning some form of expansion within the next four years.

More than one-third (38 percent) of respondents expected their existing data centre budget to grow between 5-10 percent in the next 12 months, with an additional 7 percent of respondents expecting to increase their data centre budget by more than 10 percent in the next 12 months.

Key Considerations: Network Connectivity Options and Resiliency
When making decisions about new data centre facility investments, the most important considerations for respondents were the data centre's network connectivity options (81 percent), including carrier availability and carrier density. The next most important considerations were the resiliency level and availability of the data centre facility (79 percent), the cost of energy at the data centre location (77 percent), and the level of control over the data centre facility (76 percent).

Survey Methodology
In this Digital Realty-commissioned study, Forrester Research conducted an online survey of organisations in the US, UK, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland to evaluate their data centre investment plans and drivers. Results of the European portion of the study are based on surveys of 266 senior-level decision makers with responsibility for data centres. Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of the respondents work at firms with more than 1,000 employees. Survey respondents were located in the following regions: 32 percent in the UK, 28 percent in Germany, 24 percent in France, 10 percent in the Netherlands, and 6 percent in Ireland. The survey was conducted in February 2014.
For further information, please contact:
Bernard Geoghegan
Managing Director, EMEA
Digital Realty
+44 (20) 7954 9120

Omer Wilson
Marketing Director
Digital Realty
+ (20) 44 2079 541986

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer-driven data centre solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost-effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data centre needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and consumer products. Digital Realty’s 131 properties, including 13 properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised approximately 24.5 million square feet as of March 31, 2014, including approximately 1.3 million square feet of space under active development and 1.4 million square feet of space held for future development. Digital Realty’s portfolio is located in 33 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty’s website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.

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