Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This is the year when we will hit an all-time high of 8.6 million active data centres



But this historical record is set to be capped as server rooms will close and hyperscalers will dominate in their own $71.22bn economy.

The rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industry verticals, including the consumer sphere, is set to drive the number of active data centres around the globe to an all-time high of 8.6 million facilities.

That is according to research carried out by IDC and presented in its “Worldwide Datacenter Census and Construction 2014-2018 Forecast: Aging Enterprise Datacenters and the Accelerating Service Provider Buildout”, which also suggested that after 2017, the number of data centres will start to decrease.

That is due to the move of a large quantity of companies into the cloud, mostly public cloud serviced by providers such as AWS, Azure and Google.

This will drive the decommissioning of server rooms across the world, also considered as data centres in this specific research.

Beyond the decrease in number of server rooms, all other types of data centres, including colocation, whole sale and hyperscale, will continue to grow. The number of service providers is also expected to continue to climb up with new players coming into the market.

Nevertheless, the end of life of server rooms will not have a negative impact on data centre square footage.

IDC predicts that by 2018, the world will have nothing less than 1.94 billion sqf of hosting space, up from 1.58 billion sqf in 2013.

The large hyperscale data centres are dubbed to be the main cause for growth, as in 2018 they will account to 72.6% of the world’s service provider data centre construction. Hyperscalers will also account to 44.6% of all new high-end data centre space, up from 19.3% in 2013.

According to Synergy Research Group, in 2018 the data centre global landscape is predicted to encompass 400 hyperscale data centres.

Further research from Research Beam estimates that hyperscale data centres will experience revenues of $71.2bn by 2022, up from $19.08bn in 2016 and $23.03bn in 2017.

Richard L. Villars,VP of data centre and cloud research at IDC, said at the time: “A majority of organisations will stop managing their own infrastructure.

“They will make greater use of on-premise and hosted managed services for their existing IT assets, and turn to dedicated and shared cloud offerings in service provider data centres for new services.

“This will result in the consolidation and retirement of some existing internal data centres, particularly at the low end. At the same time, service providers will continue their race to build, remodel, and acquire data centres to meet the growing demand for capacity.”