The survey of senior leadership at large corporations in Europe revealed the following data center growth trends:
- A strong majority of respondents, 88 percent, indicate that they will definitely or probably expand their data centers in either 2013 or 2014
- 25 percent of respondents indicate that they will definitely expand in 2013, compared to 22 percent a year ago
- The main reasons given for data center expansion are, in order of importance, the need for security, disaster recovery, and power issues (the supply/reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency)
- The trend is towards slightly more compact data centers, with an average size requirement of 14,100 square feet (1,300 square meters), compared to 15,600 square feet (1,500 square meters) a year ago
- Data center planning revolves around two power concerns: the supply and reliability of power, and maintaining efficiency to minimize the power requirements of the data center
- Demand for new data centers is highest among businesses in the UK
- Established business centers remain the most popular locations for situating a new data center, with London (29 percent), Paris (24 percent) and Frankfurt (21 percent) the top choices.
The survey respondents indicate a preference for locating new data centers in their own countries, however, they do not rule out North America and APAC as possible locations.
- For over two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents, the priority is to add facilities within their own country
- Just under half of organizations surveyed (46 percent) intend to spread this expansion across at least two sites
- The most important factors cited in choosing a data center site were security and connectivity
- London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York were mentioned often as potential sites; Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area were mentioned occasionally; in APAC, Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong were mentioned.