Several stories from recent weeks highlight the vibrant data center industry in Europe. Here's a roundup:
European data centre revenue set to double
A report published by Tariff Consultancy Ltd notes that European data centre revenue is "set to more than double over the five year period from 2010 to 2015, with net raised floor space to increase by 70%, driven primarily by price increases." The report gives pricing and forecasts for 19 of the EU25 countries and analyzes pricing of a standard 19" rack, a small cage space and a 50 KVA suite of space for each of the countries. It also dives into trends impacting data centres such as raised floor capacity in markets, revenue per square meter forecasts, electricity pricing, pricing per rack and cage, and the most expensive data centre countries.
Savvis received EuroFIT award
Financial technology publication Waters published their innagural EuroFIT awards earlier in the month, to recognize Europe's hottest financial IT products and services. In the category of Best Datacenter Hosting Provider, Savvis (SVVS) took the award as a company capitalizing on the rising demand for data center services. Equinix was listed as an honorable mention in the category. A little over a year ago Savvis marked the completion of a global data center expansion by opening a 37,500 square foot facility on the outskirts of London in Slough. The award also noted that Savvis services seven of the top ten Fortune 500 financial services and banking firms. Amazon (AMZN) won the Best Cloud Provider award as an "overwhelming leader in the field."
The Bunker selected by Cimar
The Bunker announced that it was selected by Cimar (UK) Limited to provide managed ultra secure hosting of its radiology image sharing web service. The Bunker delivered a scalable platform to Cimar built on Microsoft technology. Howard Jenkinson, managing director of Cimar said “absolute information security is a pre-requisite for any digital service carrying sensitive patient information." Click here for a video of 'The Bunker' and details of a July 2009 130,000 square foot expansion.
Tata Communications London outage
Several reports came in late last week regarding an outage experienced at Tata Communications' London data center. Apparently a power cut followed by generator and UPS failures caused the two hour outage Thursday evening in the Stratford facility. Grid power was restored around 7:30pm that day as servers came back online. Colocation provider C4L posted a detailed timeline of the Stratford Tata outage. The Register also reported on the outage. They mention that a Tata spokeswoman was still looking into what caused the outage and the subsequent failure of backup power.
Node4 plans fourth data center
Data centre and communications specialists Node4 announced plans for their next data centre site, to be located in Northampton. Plans are being finalized for the facility and customers are expected to move in by the end of 2010. The DC4 data centre will house up to 600 racks and will feature N+1 or N+N UPS, generators and climate controls. The DC3 facility in Wakefield opened in July 2009.
Investment Forum for Data Centres
Broad Group will host the 3rd annual International Finance and Investment forum for data centres December 3rd in King's Place, London. In this forum financiers, investors, private equity firms and others will come together to discuss data centre geographic location choices, data storage infrastructure investment and other critical issues, as well as generate new ideas and opportunities for future development.