Data center colocation market to be characterized by construction of new data centers, global industry valuation to exceed USD 90 billion by 2024

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Over the recent years, the global data center colocation market has been witnessing remarkable pace of growth owing to the increasing complexity of managing humongous data centers and the shortcomings with regards to power and space. In addition to this, the emergence of the Internet of Things along with the rapid proliferation of big data and cloud technologies has compelled several business verticals to focus on planning the physical infrastructure of IT-based services. Moreover, large enterprises and SMEs are increasingly shifting to colocation hosting as building a new facility requires a large amount of initial investment, thereby boosting the revenue scale of data center colocation industry.

China Data Center Colocation Market, by application, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)
China Data Center Colocation Market, by application, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)

Elaborating further, the process of hosting an onsite facility needs skilled professionals to safeguard the data center from cyberattacks, which is the most pervasive threat. To tackle all these challenges, several data center colocation service providers are combining innovative solutions in their facilities to offer modern enterprises with secure infrastructure at the very initial stage of colocation.

In this context, it would be imperative to take note of Cyxtera Technologies which has recently integrated AppGate SDP, a new software-defined perimeter solution, with its high-performing data centers to apply the principle of least-privileged access to the network, which lowers the possibility of a cyberattack. Phasing out obsolete security approaches, the new solution gives fine-grained access to ensure that individuals only connect to the network resources. Needless to mention, the introduction of such unique solutions is proving to be beneficial for the overall data center colocation industry.

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Prominent technology companies appear upbeat about the growth prospects of the data center colocation market in the APAC and Europe regions. The APAC nations especially have been mirroring the incredible growth trajectory experienced in the U.S. over the past few years. Enumerated below is a brief overview of how facility expansion activities by tech giants and the entry of colocation specialists have been transforming the contours of the APAC data center colocation industry:

  • Highly specialized colocation service provider Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) is set to begin the construction of a hyperscale data center campus in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. With a power capacity of nearly 100MW, the facility is anticipated to become operational in the second half of 2020. In this regard, it would be prudent to mention that Colt DCS is the first major western data center operator to foray in India data center colocation market, which is presently served by small-scale local service providers.
  • Tech giant Facebook had recently announced that it would construct its first purpose-built data center in Asia. The new multi-story facility would be the largest single data center in Singapore and will offer 170,000 square meters of space. Owing to the ease of fiber connectivity and presence of highly-skilled professionals, numerous tech companies have been choosing Singapore as their regional hubs for data center colocation, propelling the commercialization potential of the APAC data center colocation industry.
  • In December 2018, the U.S.-based multinational data center company Equinix announced that it would build a new International Business Exchange data center in Helsinki, Finland. Reportedly, the new data center is slated to enable improved colocation and interconnection capabilities for businesses undertaking digital transformations. For the record, Equinix is a renowned name in the data colocation market given that it operates Platform Equinix, the name of its global data center network made up of 200 data center facilities spread across 52 nations.

Driven by a widespread application segment which includes retail, IT & telecom, manufacturing, healthcare, government & defense, energy, and BFSI, the data center colocation market is set to garner commendable proceeds from various geographies in the upcoming years. Additionally, the drastically changing technology trends and the favorable impact of big data, IoT, and AI on cloud infrastructure would further open up new opportunities for the companies partaking in the data center colocation industry, which is slated to surpass USD 90 billion by 2024.

Author NameSaif Ali Bepari

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