BroadGroup Shares Data Center Report

Consulting firm BroadGroup ( announced on Thursday that it has released a report predicting more than 50 percent growth in space for data center facilities in both Spain and Portugal by 2010.

Fueled by a strong economy in recent years, data centers have moved to the Spanish and Portuguese markets, perhaps more sharply than elsewhere in Europe, to increase their focus on the provision of managed services, says the company. Growth in the data center sector in the Iberian markets is forecast to be sustained over the next few years. The report also identifies opportunities for market entry and for investors in the sector who may be looking to acquire market presence.

The survey also warns of a possible rise in electricity prices in Spain, which could impact data center services in the short term as they adjust pricing and in some cases business models to accommodate the higher charges. Colocation and Web hosting prices, which have remained inexpensive and generally below those offered elsewhere in Europe, are also likely to be affected by an increase in power charges, says BroadGroup.

"Data center markets in both Spain and Portugal have regained a level of confidence in recent years and players are expanding and upgrading infrastructure and services to sustain growth and demand," says Pablo Diantina, senior analyst at BroadGroup.

BroadGroup recently announced that it is offering a green data center workshop, which will focus on new technologies as well as the practical implementation of green technologies in the data center at the Internet Data Centres Asia summit from September 27 to 28.

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