than Germany ( 270 %), France ( 400 %) and the Netherlands ( 360 %), the impact on data centre providers using all-in customer models could be sharp and wide-ranging .
Taking this market turbulence into account , Aggreko is encouraging retail colo providers to put steps in place to address what could become a pressing crisis as fixed-price energy contracts expire . Billy Durie , Global Sector Head for Data Centres at Aggreko , said : “ Though the UK data centre market has previously been able to use these previously-agreed terms to largely guard against rising energy costs , this state of affairs cannot continue forever .
“ Providers in the colo market working under all-in pricing agreements are especially vulnerable to this encroaching problem , so energy professionals in the sector must ask themselves – how can we guard against this cost ? Faced with this question , we anticipate moves towards decentralised energy models to mitigate against the fragility of the national grid , especially as current price hikes are not showing signs of easing .”
Energy-related market turbulence identified in FTI Consulting ’ s report could further supercharge an alreadycompetitive colo marketplace , driven by exponential demand for data centre services . According to Aggreko , current volatility cannot be translated into a race-to-the-bottom cost mentality and the deprioritisation of environmental goals that may ensue .
“ It cannot be denied that the data centre market is currently in a delicate position , but these pressing concerns should not be met at the cost of longterm sustainability strategies ,” said Durie . “ Instead , stakeholders must look for packages and services that can bridge the energy gap while lowering emissions . Green technologies such as Stage V generators and hybrid battery systems , provided through innovative hire strategies , offer an effective way of achieving both objectives .” �
AGGREKO IS ENCOURAGING RETAIL COLO PROVIDERS TO PUT STEPS IN PLACE TO ADDRESS WHAT COULD BECOME A PRESSING CRISIS AS FIXED-PRICE ENERGY CONTRACTS EXPIRE .