Thursday, October 19, 2017
Data Centers Nordic III
By Sponsored Content Published: 10:50, 15 September, 2017 Updated: 10:50, 15 September, 2017
Datacenter Nordics III is the third annual report from BroadGroup and covers 8 countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia who collectively own 260 third party data center facilities.
With its abundance of renewable energy, and in most cases a competitive energy tax, and land availability the region is set to be targeted for further hyperscale development by US players and with Asian firms the Nordics can potentially harness new infrastructure investments.
The report assesses available power for third party facilities and hyperscales and projects that third party m2 space will increase by more than 26% by the end of 2018. It also examines the investment made in the region and provides an overview of the brownfield and greenfield opportunities currently available.
A combination of M&A activity, market entry by new investors, promotional initiatives by Sweden, Norway and Denmark in particular to attract hyperscale investment and the emergence of eco-systems will significantly change the landscape over the next 12-18 months.
The report contains forecasts for m2 and MW through to the end of 2018 for third party data centers.
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Data Centres Ireland 2017
By Sponsored Content Published: Updated: 10:50, 15 September, 2017
Ireland has a distinctive data centre market, characterised by a mix of third party data centres targeting burgeoning enterprise demand and massive investment by webscales, more so than any other country in Europe.
Active government support for inward investment by hyperscales from the US such as Amazon and Microsoft has resulted in the construction of massive facilities around Dublin. Apple too may yet be a new player subject to planning permissions. Even now authorities are seeking to identify potential land banks for new large scale data centre facilities in Ireland, which indicates that the supply of more space will continue to enter the market.
Ireland has also benefitted from investment by US enterprises from the gaming, pharmaceuticals and content sectors making the country their European headquarters.
The overriding attraction of Ireland is due to its status in the EU and low tax rates, with data centre investment across a range of business models, including Digital Realty with build and provide capacity. It has become the main hub for webscales regionally.
Connectivity is supported by a range of international cable capacity, with the first direct submarine cable system from Ireland to France (bypassing the UK) due to be launched from Q3 2019. The country also has a high installed base of fibre and dark fibre with further deployment planned.
Although currently the seventh largest market by third party m2 space in Europe, the presence of webscales mainly in the Dublin area makes a strong argument for the city to be re-classified as a Tier 1 hub alongside London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
In addition, research for the report finds that should all current investment plans for additional third party space come to fruition growth would equate to approximately 74% by the end of 2020 with substantial investment.
In terms of power, EirGrid believes that potential data centre power capacity could increase to 1,000 MW after 2019 (this report forecasts a total of 882 MW). Renewable energy generation – primarily wind energy – is a key government priority and is targeting 40% by 2020 well beyond the EU mandatory benchmark of 16%.
For the future there remains a need to provide additional cable submarine capacity in order to provide additional transatlantic resilience to North America and also new cable systems to mainland Europe. New investment in wind power technology aims to boost Ireland’s energy dependence using low carbon energy sources.
The report contains forecasts for m2 and MW through to the end of 2020 for third party data centres and for webscales.
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Colocation Markets Quarterly Q2 2017
By Sponsored Content Published: Updated: 10:49, 15 September, 2017
The latest edition of Colocation Markets Quarterly, reveals a strong demand across the four major European markets in Q2 driven in part by the requirement for Edge facilities.
Although London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt face growing competition from regional locations all are proving resilient as a key location. Supply also remains strong, particularly in Frankfurt and Amsterdam where both markets have welcomed announcements of major new builds from global players.
Longer-term, demand for edge data centres appears to present new opportunities. CMQ foresees these developments deploying over the next 5 years with between 20-30 data centre locations per country. Recent investment by co-location players underscores their commitment to existing tier 1 locations.
“In terms of London and Brexit, we are still seeing relatively limited impact. This has been particularly helped by the hyperscale cloud companies increasing their commitment to the UK, particularly Google and Microsoft” noted Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.
“Most cloud players are headquartered in London, but there are increasing signs of financial services companies looking to move at least some staff and operations into mainland Europe.”
Co-location Market Quarterly (“CMQ”) is an ongoing, quarterly service from BroadGroup Consulting providing authoritative and independent data tracking of data centre markets in Europe.
CMQ provides usable metrics covering key performance indicators including:
- Market share for key players
- Key changes tracked over the quarters
- Consultant commentary
CMQ uniquely tracks deals done in each market, power availability, supply, data centre utilisation and user analysis by vertical sector with comparisons to previous quarters, and commentary.
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Renewable Energy Strategies for Every Company
By Sponsored Content Published: 10:27, 24 October, 2016 Updated: 10:58, 15 September, 2017
Schneider Electric looks to the future of sustainability and how businesses must adapt.
Today’s energy and sustainability managers need innovative ways to add renewables to their energy portfolio — strategies that work across a global footprint. Fortunately, the maturing renewable energy market has yielded new, innovative approaches that offer cost savings and other long-term benefits. These strategies require a complex blend of technology, financing options, vendors and partners. Increasingly, energy and sustainability managers are under more pressure than ever to navigate these waters for three main reasons:
1. A demand from customers and stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compounded by legislative requirements and external commitments.
2. A need for risk mitigation against future energy prices and regulation.
3. A desire to lower overall energy spend and leverage dropping price of renewables.
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