European data centre revenue to double by 2015: study

UK based telecom research firm Tariff Consultancy ( issued a report this week suggesting that revenue for the European data centre market will double between 2010 and 2015, with net raised floor space to increase by 70 percent during time, as a result of price increases.

The report, issued Tuesday, is called "Data Centre Pricing 2010 to 2015." It provides forecasts for 19 of the EU25 countries, and analysis of a standard 19-inch rack, a small cage space and a 50 KVA suite of space in each country. It also looks at current industrial electricity pricing in each market - an important component of data centre costs.

According to the report, the largest data center markets in Europe are the UK, Germany, France and Sapin, both for raised floor space and revenues. The most expensive data centre markets in the EU are Denmark, Switzerland and Ireland.

While Tariff expects capacity in all markets to increase by an average of 14 percent per year, it predicts that revenue will increase at a rate closer to 25 percent per year during the period from 2010 to 2015.

Raised floor capacity in Switzerland is expected to see the most growth, doubling from 2009 to 2011 as a result of substantial new building. The most expensive

In terms of specific revenue numbers, the firm expects revenue across the 19 countries to increase from 3.2 billion Euro per year in 2010 to 7.3 billion Euro in 2015, for a total growth of 125 percent.

"We believe that the future outlook for the data centre operator remains sound," says Margrit Sessions, managing director of TCL, quoted in the announcement. "In general the demand for new space from the telecoms operator, the ISP, the content provider and systems integrator as well as the enterprise will allow data center pricing to increase over time. Raised floor space will increase with new build facilities and the expansion of existing ones. Also operators are increasing the efficiency of their current floor space to allow the deployment of more dense applications."

The report is available for purchase by contacting Tariff. Contact information is provided in the summary posted on the company's website.

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