EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
WHERE DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE THE MOST POPULAR REGION FOR DATA CENTRE DEVELOPMENT OVER THE COMING YEAR AND WHY ?
DC Byte , a leading data centre research and analytics platform , has shared statistics and insights from its most recent Data Centre Report , published in partnership with Knight Frank , a leading global property adviser .
While 2021 initially brought uncertainty as to what demand would look like after the increased buying cycles accelerated by the global pandemic , supply growth in fact continued to be strong across EMEA . The market now shows signs of settling on continued core expansion and moderate expansion in new markets outside of Frankfurt , London , Amsterdam , Paris and Dublin . Hyperscalers drive continued cloud demand across both markets .
Of the leading markets , development has been most notable in Dublin and London , with Q2 growth of 146MW and 122MW respectively . For Dublin , this is a significant expansion almost matching the total for 2020 , and higher than the Q1 expansion at just over 100MW . London ’ s growth in Q2 2021 matched the pace of Q2 2020 growth . London ’ s take-up in the same timeframe was 25MW , demonstrating the strength of a colo-dominated market alongside the agility of progressing planned development . US public cloud operators are also now assessing potential self-build cloud infrastructure expansions in London as demand for cloud services grows ; while Google ’ s purchase of land in Broxbourne , and AWS acquiring a site in Didcot , marks a significant shift in market dynamics .
Added to the EMEA market profiles in Q2 is Nigeria which continues to undergo rapid expansion . Africa Data centres is entering the Lagos market , while MainOne is building its second data centre in the city .
Cloud Exchange West Africa is building its first data centre in Nigeria , in partnership with Huawei .
Ed Galvin , Founder and CEO at DC Byte , said : “ We expect the trend toward expansion across EMEA , outside of FLAPD , to continue . On the hyperscale horizon , 2021 will see facilities in seven markets come online as Belgium , Denmark , Finland , Spain and Sweden all add capacity , in addition to the core markets of Amsterdam , which is rapidly evolving into both a colocation and enterprise hyperscale location , and Dublin . This is a record for a single year . Istanbul and Warsaw are other ‘ Edge ’ markets to keep an eye on .”
Looking to the APAC territories also covered by The Data Centre Report , take-up across the region in the second quarter was again around 95MW , on par with the quarterly average recorded in 2020 and the 75MW in Q1 . Supply increases remain healthy , growing by over 700MW in Q2 .
Specifically , Tokyo led the supply increase with nearly 250 MW , driven by announcements from Princeton Digital Group , Lendlease and Vantage , while Shanghai added just over 200 MW . Shanghai ’ s Q2 growth brings the 2021 increase to about 75 % of the growth seen in 2020 , with increasing interest from hyperscalers in this market . Seoul added 90MW of supply which increases supply overall by 23 %. Mumbai ’ s growth is still strong with 24MW added in Q2 .
Stephen Beard , Partner and Co-head of Global Data centres at Knight Frank , said : “ The data centres landscape continues to evolve rapidly as operators compete to secure land , develop new sites and increase market coverage .”
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