The United Kingdom Data Center Market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2020 to 2025. The data centers help the region reduce the carbon intensity of its economic activities by supporting technologies such as smart metering, smart transport, teleworking, and e-commerce. It consolidates computing activities into purposely built facilities that provide an efficient way of managing the Government and corporate IT functions.
- There has a significant trend in the increasing number of data centers deployment in the UK. This instance can be attributed to the growing cloud adoption across most enterprises and the growth of emerging technologies, such as AI, big data, and blockchain across various end-users. This trend is aided by the presence of technology leaders and a vast customer base in the country.
- According to a survey commissioned by Equinix of more than 2,450 global senior IT professionals in October 2019, states that in the UK over a third of IT decision-makers cite interconnection being the key to the survival of the business. The companies continue to invest in the infrastructure. They have also stated that uncertainty around the final Brexit deal has not impacted their decision to invest in IT infrastructure in the region.
- Also, according to the survey conducted by firm DLA Piper in December 2019, the UK is expected to acquire a lot of attention from equity investors. Also, according to The Data Economy Report by Digital Realty, by 2025, UK based data centers would be responsible for the storage of data with worth over USD 135 Billion annually. These instances showcase the positive outlook of the market in the region.
- Furthermore, UK is home to over 5.5 million businesses that rely on cloud services combined with non-business IT cloud requirements could potentially lead to 7,446 kWh power usage per year, which is way beyond the total renewable generation standard.
- To maintain renewable generation standards, the UK government issued a regulation that came into force on 1st April 2019 and is scheduled to be followed from April 2020. The regulation requires all companies with 250 employees to report their power usage under ESOS. This instance is expected to drive the demand for energy-efficient data centers in the region going forward.
- As with the recent outbreak of the global pandemic, COVID-19 has surged the demand for digital communications. Thereby the data center services that underpin them are on the rise. For instance, it is reported that in March 2020, Europe has recorded the most considerable internet exchange traffic.
- However, despite the data centers been highly automated, it still requires maintenance, servicing, management, and security. Thereby operators in the region are ensuring that the server continues to work reliably amidst the pandemic. For instance, TechUK has been running weekly calls to share best practices to help identify the challenges. The data centers with multiple sites are implementing precautions such as shift segregation to counter the demand.
Key Market Trends
Global Demand for Data is Driving the Growth of the Market
- The demand for data is expected to grow deployment of technologies like 5G, Edge computing, and IIot exponentially. Furthermore, the growth in data traffic is expected to contribute to the market's growth positively. For instance, according to an Equinix report, London is expected to remain the most important European market for data. Additionally, an increasing number of European regulations regarding data compliance is serving as the catalyst, which is predicted to grow 48% per annum, contributing to 23% of interconnection bandwidth globally.
- Additionally, the industry-wide adoption of advanced technologies such as Big data, IoT, and smart city initiatives/projects such as Manchester's Triangulum project, Hull's Smart City OS, among others, further drive the demand for data centers.
- For instance, research published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in 2020, states that technologies such as IoT and Big Data are expected to add 322 billion pounds to the British economy. The study also suggests that in the UK, the scale of this effect is worth its GDP of 2.7 %.
The Increased Investment in The Country is Expected to Drive the Market
- London is expected to hold a significant market share for the united kingdom data center market as it continues to attract big technological companies' investment. Despite the Brexit uncertainty, the data centers significant vendors such as Equinix, NTT continue to invest and expand the data center facilities in the region to counter the limited market supply.
- Also, a report published by Digital Realty in 2019 highlights the prospect of massive growth in London's technology sector. The study further suggests that advanced technologies such as AI, IoT, 5G, and blockchain are predicted to add 6.25 billion pounds to the London economy. They are thereby enabling vendors to invest in the region.
- For instance, Aldgate Investment has a widescale commercial property portfolio in London, Dublin, making a total initial data center investment in Ireland of 1 Billion pounds. Also, the firm is reported to be planning for the installation of a total 500MW of data centers across five countries by the end of 2025 .
- Furthermore, In September 2019, Echelon Data Center announced the investment of 150 million pounds for the development of a 20MW data center facility in London's dockland. This expansion is the company's first step towards its expansion outside Ireland as it aims to leverage the limited market supply in the region. The facility is expected to be tenant-ready in 2020 to take advantage of widespread interconnectivity in Canary Wharf and City of London.
The United Kingdom Data Center Marke is fragmented, and the competitive rivalry is high. The key players in this market are Equinix, Inc, NTT, Interxion, and STT GDC, etc. Competitive advantage can be accomplished through innovation in this market, owing to notable investments by the key vendors in the region.
- December 2019: NTT announced the completion of its UK London 1 Data Center campus. The company claims this installation represents the most significant single UK investment by an international company since the Brexit plebiscite. The London 1 supports two data centers with 60MW of IT load over 24,000 sqm of IT space as the company forecasts strong demand in the region.
- April 2019, Equinix, Inc, announced the International Business Exchange (IBX) data center's deployment at the London Slough campus. The company states that this data center will provide interconnection and colocation to support the businesses' IT transformation initiatives while supporting the rollout of 5G in the UK. The data center has been designed with an energy-efficient foundation.
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