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The Data Centre Decade analyses the rapid growth in 3rd party Data Centres since 2010 to 2019 - a doubling of market size with growth set to continue to 2030

Published: Wed 8 July 2020

London – 6th May 2019 – DCP (Data Centre Pricing), specialists in Data Centre research, has launched a new report called The Data Centre Decade which examines the trends in 3rd party Data Centre markets worldwide including - space, power, facility design & technology worldwide from 2010 to the end of 2019. It also provides insight into the key trends that will impact the sector for the decade ahead from 2020 to 2030. 


In the Data Centre Decade DCP examines the overall 3rd party Data Centre trends for the past decade including –


  1. The growth in 3rd party Data Centre capacity by each region (including the EMEA, Americas & Asia Pacific regions) space and power from 2010 to 2019 – with total worldwide Data Centre space & power capacity doubling over the period -  


  • EMEA region – Data Centre space had grown to 4,686k m2 as of the end of 2019, equivalent to a CAGR of 13.6 per cent per annum    


  • Americas region – Data Centre space had grown to 7,100k m2 as of the end of 2019, equivalent to a CAGR of 6.1 per cent per annum     


  • Asia Pacific region – Data Centre space had grown to 3,946k m2 as of the end of 2019, equivalent to a CAGR of 13.8 per cent per annum    


  1. For the next decade from 2020 to 2030 DCP forecasts that the rate of growth in new Data Centre capacity will slow across all 3 regions - although the Asia Pacific region will continue to see the highest growth of the 3 – equivalent to a CAGR of 13.8 per cent per annum in Data Centre space over the next decade – with the figures shown in the chart below –
    1. The key drivers for Data Centre growth over the last decade include video, OTT services & cloud services - with content and networking also being important customer segments. Cloud services have become the largest customer segment for Data Centre Providers worldwide – with the cloud & IT segment accounting for 28 per cent of Equinix MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenues) as of Q4 2019.   


    1. The drive for market consolidation in North America and Europe has continued - with Equinix, Digital Realty & NTT Data Centres Ltd becoming the largest Data Centre Providers both worldwide and in a series of Tier1 metro markets worldwide.


    Other key trends identified in the report over the last decade include the following - 


    1. The emergence of the Hyperscale Data Centre – Hyperscale Data Centres have become the standard for Data Centre design allowing scalability and flexibility of layout with the adaptability to cater for more power or different standards of resilience or tiers in one facility.


    1. The introduction of software fabrics to improve monitoring & operations – Services such as Platform Equinix & Platform Digital provide remote monitoring of power & utilisation, with real-time alerts & information provided leading eventually to predictive analysis using machine learning.


    1. New Data Centre technology is being adopted first by the Cloud Service Provider - with web-based interfaces and software fabric providing metrics on power usage, carbon reduction, utilisation, which is then adopted by the wider Data Centre community.


    1. There is a move to more Data Centre market consolidation – Particularly in Europe a number of US Data Centres - including Vantage, CyrusOne, Iron Mountain, QTS and T5 – are growing by acquisition in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland & the UK.


    1. To date the Data Centre markets of India, Africa & South America have been under-exploited – Digital Realty (Brazil) and Equinix (Mexico) have recently made investments in South America, but the markets have the potential for additional growth with large populations and rapid increase in internet and content streaming usage.


    1. Finally, new forms of external finance are being used to expand Data Centre growth - GDS (a Chinese Data Centre Provider) and Equinix have separately enlisted the Singaporean wealth fund GIC to form a joint venture to provide Hyperscale Data Centres. Equinix has formed a joint venture with GIC called xScale to develop new facilities in London (Slough), Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Osaka, Tokyo & Sao Paulo. And GDS has formed a joint venture with GIC to develop new Hyperscale Data Centres in Tier 2 markets in China.        



    About DCP’s The Data Centre Decade report – The DCP Data Centre Decade report provides a unique survey of the 3rd party Data Centre market worldwide segmented into three regions comprising the EMEA, Americas and the Asia Pacific. It provides a comprehensive summary of the key developments from 2010 to the end of 2019 including Data Centre space & power by region, the key Data Centre developments over the period, profiles of the key Data Centre Providers, the main market drivers and Data Centre acquisitions & mergers. Finally, the report provides a forecast for the next Data Centre decade (from 2020 to 2030) including forecast power and space by region and the key trends including Data Centre sustainability, design & technology trends. The DCP Data Centre Decade report costs GBP £2,499 for a single user licence. Further information will be available on the DCP website at:


    About DCP (Data Centre Pricing) – DCP is a subsidiary of Tariff Consultancy Ltd, a London-based telecoms research and consultancy company which provides daily news and analysis commentary and subscription services via its Telecoms Pricing website. DCP provides analysis and research worldwide on the Data Centre industry with reports published on Data Centre markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa with subscription services including the UK Data Centre Trends Tracker, Euro-Data Centre Trends Tracker, Asia Pacific Data Centre Trends Tracker & the USA Data Centre Trends Tracker. Further information on DCP’s services is available on the DCP website at:






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