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IDC have Predicted a Halt to Global Datacentres Growth by 2017

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The total number of global datacentres will peak at 8.6mn in 2017 before beginning a slow decline, an IDC forecast claims.

According to IDC the decrease will be brought about by a steady migration from small on-site facilities to ‘mega datacentres’ managed and operated by large service providers.

However, the total worldwide space occupied by datacentres will continue to rise, jumping from 1.58bn square feet in 2013, to 1.94bn square feet in 2018.

The change will be fuelled by a realignment of corporate datacentre priorities. Once used for operational support, the datacentre is increasingly used by businesses to trial new strategies, develop products, gain insight and improve customer relations.

These needs require that datacentres reliably deliver large and complex transactions and analytic capacity, which in-house infrastructure is unable to achieve.

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"Over the next five years, 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 datacentres for new services,” explained Richard Villars, VP of datacentre and cloud research at IDC.


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

IDC also revealed that the most significant development in datacentre construction will be from mega datacentre cloud service providers, such as Amazon and Microsoft. “By 2018, these mega datacentres will account for the vast majority (72.6%) of all service provider datacentre construction in terms of space while also accounting for 44.6% of all new high-end datacentre space around the world (up from 19.3% in 2013),” said IDC in yesterday’s release.

The study suggested that the majority of this growth could be attributed to continued strong datacentre construction in China in particular.

How ever there is new legislation as well as an enthusiasm for storing your data locally or at least with in your own country. So whilst IDC suggest that China will be the biggest growth area it is likely that it will contain Chinese content.

In the same way, IDC predict that the number of internal high-end datacentre environments, which typically require longer-term commitments of assets to build or refresh, will continue to grow over the next five years. This space will be dominated by hosting in Europe and white label being sold by resellers and dealers into  the channel.