Summary of the Data Centre Industry 2018

Following are a review of some key findings. You can find the full State of the Data Centre report on AFCOM.

Data Centre Industry Growth

The report found that data centre ownership, renovations, and building were on the upswing.

58% of  those that responded form the sector stdata centreated that they currently own between two and nine data centre facilities

19% said they own 10 or more data centres.

The average number of data centres each organisation manages sits around 8.1 today.

The report indicates indicated that an average of 7.8 will be renovated per organisation over the next 12 months.

Three-Year Forecast

The average number of data centres managed will increase to 10.2 per organisation over the next three years.

Over three years, 12.8 data centres per organisation would be renovated.

Another interesting statistic indicated that new data centre construction would grow five times more over the next three years.

The average number of new builds sits at around 2.2 per organisation.

Over the next 12 months, that number will increase to 4.5.


Data Centre Footprint: Stable and Growing

Another trend that has shown up in the report was the size and footprint of data centres. The emergence of distributed IT and edge computing saw an increase in the number of data centres being used. Furthermore, these data centres are being deployed with advanced infrastructure (convergence for example), resulting in varying footprints, depending on the use case. Overall, the size of infrastructure is holding steady. Here is what we found in this latest study:

48% reported that their current data centres are between 5,000 and 50,000 sq. ft.

About 50% said their data centres will be between 5,000 and 50,000 sq. ft. over the next 12 months

Another 16% stated that their data centres are between 100,000 and 500,000 sq. ft.

Uptime and Redundancy Continue to Be Critical Considerations

When it comes to levels of redundancy, the report found about 80% responses indicated that they are at least at N+1 electrical redundancy levels. During the next 12-36 months, about 30% will incorporate N+2 levels of redundancy.


The Future of the Industry

Moving forward, it will be critical to understand the role of the data centre and where you fit in. The report not only looks at data centre trends, but also trends around people who support IT, the training they require, and what data centre managers need when it comes to new concepts like the cloud.

If you need guidance to renovate an existing data centre or build a new one, you can contact us here.