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H1 2021 Edition of the Europe Data Centre Trends Tracker

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  • 65 Pages
  • July 2021
  • Region: Europe
  • Tariff Consultancy
  • ID: 5398003

The European Data Centre Market is Undergoing An Investment Boom With Over 6 Million M2 of Space Available as of the End of June 2021

The twelfth edition of the Europe Data Centre Trends Report analyses the key trends impacting the 15 European Data Centre market, including Data Centre space, power, pricing and customer trends. It provides a unique analysis of market sizing and the key customer trends impacting the markets covered using a survey.

The survey also provides a unique analysis of the key trends influencing the EU Data centre markets.

The publication also identifies the key aggregated pricing - by standard rack space (without power) and by m2. Finally, the analyst summarises the overall Data Centre trends taking place in Europe (15 markets) since end of 2020. 


The research is based on a survey of Data Centre facilities in the 15 markets including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,  France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands,  Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Switzerland and the UK. 


The analyst has collated a database of the key Data Centre Country Markets in Europe, with Data Centre Pricing, Data Centre raised floor space, Data Centre Customer Power, the key Geographical locations and the key Data Centre developments across Europe:

  • Data Centre Pricing is provided based on an average cost of rack space and m2 of space. Rack space pricing is based on a standard 19” rack with single-phase power supply and excludes power consumption costs. M2 space is based on retail Data Centre space. Pricing is averaged to protect confidentiality agreements with the underlying Data Centre Provider.
  • Data Centre raised floor space includes equipped Data Centre space and space that is suitable for short-term build-outs - it excludes space used for non-customer equipment.
  • Data Centre Customer Power (DCCP) measures Data Centre power delivered to the Customer IT equipment and excludes power sent to the Data Centre.
  • The European Data Centre Geographical clusters are based on the nearest town or city location identified by the analyst, with four or five Data Centre Providers in each cluster.
  • The analyst provides the latest published information for announced Data Centre build outs in each Country Market over the last Quarter period.  

This report is available as a subscription including 2 issues (January/July or July/January) 

Deliverables: Pdf file (65 pages), Key Point Summary in PowerPoint. 

Table of Contents

(A review in each country for the topics shown below)
1.  European Data Centre Country Market Pricing (Average Data Centre rack space & m2).
2.   European Data Centre Country Market Sizing (Data Centre raised floor space and Data Centre Customer Power).
3.   Key European Data Centre Country Market Geographical Clusters
4.   New European Country Market Data Centre Developments
5.  Overall Country Market Data Centre Trends



Executive Summary

The H1 2021 edition of the Data Centre Trends Tracker identifies the key trends impacting the fifteen largest country Data Centre markets in Europe. The Tracker provides an up-to-date analysis of the largest third-party Data Centre markets as of the end of June 2021 and is updated every six months.

As of the end of June 2021, the analyst has identified the following key Data Centre trends:

  • The analyst calculates that there is currently over 6 million m2 of equipped Data Centre space and over 9,000 MW of power (9 GW) across the 15 countries as of the end of June 2021.
  • The four largest Data Centre Country markets include the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France, which together account for seventy (70%) of all total Data Centre space across the fifteen countries, with the UK and German markets together accounting for forty-four percent of Data Centre space in Europe - and are due to see the growth of twenty-five percent in the UK  and forty-four percent in Germany in planned Data Centre space.
  • But the main growth in forecast Data Centre capacity is to come from the markets outside the big four, including Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain and  Switzerland - with increases in planned Data Centre space ranging from 4.7 times (Portugal) down to 62% (Spain and Switzerland) of the current installed base.
  • Much of European Data Centre capacity is clustered around key cities, the largest of which is Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and London & Inner M25 areas, which together account for over 1.3 million m2 of Data Centre space as of the end of June 2021.
  • The analyst has analysed the planned and announced Data Centre build outs in Europe, based on 109 projects, which amount to almost 1.5 million m2 of space and approximately 2,250 MW of power across fourteen (14) country markets (excluding the Czech Republic). 
  • The new Data Centre projects are focused on secondary markets, notably in Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, with the big four markets accounting for forty-six percent of planned developments (against 54 percent for the secondary markets).

The growth in the secondary Data Centre markets is being driven by the construction of new large campus facilities, such as SINES 4.0 (Portugal), Aruba (Rome), Green Datacenter (Zurich), Echelon Data Centres (Arklow, Ireland) and Interxion (Madrid).  The SINES 4.0 campus facility in Portugal is to have up to 450 MW of power when complete and has the potential to quadruple the total Data Centre capacity in Portugal. The growth in large-scale investment is partly being driven by new private equity investors who are launching hyperscale facilities in new markets for the first time.

The appetite for Data Centre investment is reflected in acquisition activity as existing providers including Nordic Region Data Centre Provider DigiPlex, Conapto (Sweden) and SuperNap (Italia) have been acquired by private equity or financial investors during 2021.

Not only is demand for new Data Centre facilities is set to continue to grow, but the supply of new Data Centre capacity in new markets indicates that cloud & content services are set to be distributed widely across more European markets in the future as well as in the traditional FLAP (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris) cities.  

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aruba 
  • Conapto 
  • DigiPlex
  • Echelon Data Centres 
  • Green Datacenter 
  • Interxion 
  • SINES 4.0 
  • SuperNap


The analyst researches its reports typically within a three-month period. All of its reports are based on primary and secondary research including interviews with relevant companies/operators covered in the report. The analyst also draws on its extensive in-house database and its contacts in the field of telecommunications it has established since the company was launched in 2006.

The analyst has 26-years of experience in the field of telecoms pricing both mobile and fixed. They have a network of consultants as well as a multi-lingual research team, with languages spoken French, German, Polish and Spanish.