The currently released DatacenterDynamics Global Industry Census 2011 shows that the data center industry beats the global recession. In other words: Growth is common to all markets. The reasons are manifold:
- World is becoming more IT dependent. Even in developed economies there is still considerable room for expansion of IT functions within businesses, Government and society.
- In 5 years the number of Internet users has jumped from 1.043 billion users (16% of the world’s population, June 2006) to 2.11 billion (30%, June 2011)
- The number of smartphones is projected to rise from 500 million in 2011 to 2 billion by 2015
- In August 1995 there were 18000 websites, by 2009 this had risen to 215 million.
The forecasts for growth are impressive in any case:
- The sample covered by the census operates almost 100,000 facilities – with a projected increase of 7% into 2012.
- The sample operates 7.7 million racks – with a projected increase of 15% into 2012
- The sample consumes 31 GW of energy – with a projected increase of 19% into 2012 (1 GW is power used by 750,000 to 1 million homes)
- The 2010-11 investment is about US$30 bn and expected to rise to US$35 bn in next 12 months.
Also another study predicts strong growth. In August 2011, Data Center Knowledge surveyed its audience of data center operators on a variety of questions about their data center strategies and growth plans. The operators were very optimistic about data center growth. More than half of the respondents reported plans to expand their data center operations in 2012. By the way, one of the key challenges and concerns was the issue of data center scalability.