Research points to growing importance of secondary datacentre hubs across Europe in years to come

by Jeremy

More than six million square meters of equipped datacentre capacity spread across 15 of Europe’s biggest colocation and hyperscale hubs, with Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris (FLAP) accounting for just under 22% of that total. However, the areas set to experience the most data center development growth in years to come are secondary hubs outside the core FLAP markets. That is according to Datacentrepricing’s (DCP) latest half-year Data center trends tracker report, which highlights how the demand and supply of server farm capacity have changed during the first six months of 2021 across 15 of Europe’s largest colocation and hyperscale hubs – Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

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“The main growth in forecast datacentre capacity is to come from markets outside the big four, including Portugal, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland – with increases in planned datacentre space ranging from 4.7 times (Portugal) down to 62% (Spain and Switzerland),” said the report. This is a trend several other datacentre-focused analyst houses have picked up on recently, as the hyperscale cloud and internet firms look to expand their datacentre presence in other European countries while also catering to the consumer demand locally hosted services.

Not only is demand for new datacentre facilities set to continue to grow, but the supply of new datacentre capacity in new markets indicates that cloud and content services are set to be distributed widely across more European markets in the future as well as in the traditional FLAP cities,” said the report. As recently detailed by Computer Weekly, demand for data center capacity outside the FLAP markets is also on the rise because of shortages of space and power within these hubs, forcing operators to consider alternative sites.

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