Early indications from the DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Industry Census show that the threat of global recession is having minimal impact on growth in the worldwide data centre industry.
Full 2012 census results are due to be published in Q3/2012 and will provide the industry with robust information on the true affect that economic uncertainty is having on the industry on a regional and country by country basis.
With no signs of the general economic malaise ending anytime soon, some industry commentators have warned that the data centre industry should be prepared for a drastic slowdown in growth.
Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence, said: “Whilst countries with highly developed data centre markets will almost certainly see lower growth figures than previously enjoyed, all indicators (including initial responses to the 2012 Industry Census) point to continued growth across the sector. This is particularly so in underdeveloped countries – as investors, technology companies and governments in those areas continue in their efforts to ensure they stand a chance of competing in an IT enabled world.”
Hayes explained that data centres have become an integral part of the internet and IT infrastructure and growth in internet usage, rich media, cloud computing and smartphone use all have had a positive effect on the data centre industry and its many supply industries.
Current figures for the number of internet users globally sit at around 2.11bn, more than doubled since 2007 (source: internet world statistics) and this still only accounts for around 30% of the world’s population leaving wide room for further growth.
Forecasts generated from the results of the DataCentreDynamics Industry Census 2011 predicted a worldwide data centre growth rate of 7% from 2011 to 2012 with some less mature markets showing growth rates of up to 60%.
Hayes concludes: “The early results from the 2012 Data Centre Industry Census illustrate the fact that the overall health of the industry is remarkably robust.”
The DataCenterDynamics 2012 Industry Census is the largest worldwide quantitative data centre survey. Supported by Siemens, Cummins and the BCS, the results of the census offer the most comprehensive analysis of issues and trends affecting the sector. By donating $5 for each completed questionnaire, DatacenterDynamics is also using the census as an instrument to raise funds for international children’s charity UNICEF. It is anticipated that this year a total of $40,000 will be raised.