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Off the Shelf Research

We offer a broad range of research products which address topics that are of significance to the data center industry. Our Case Studies focus on individual company strategies and business models, as well as their competitive environments; our Industry Briefings address the impact on the industry of a specific technology or trend; and our Reports focus on a geographical market or region, or cover a major topic from a global perspective. Our research is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Combining data and analysis, our research is designed to help readers understand the trends shaping the data center industry and to make informed decisions about their businesses with confidence.

Global Data Center Investment 2013

Published: February 2014

Globally, the data center industry has continued to maintain a healthy growth rate in terms of the amount invested by data center owners and operators in facilities, IT infrastructure and outsourcing. 

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Global Data Center Space 2013

Published: January 2014

In spite of a slowdown in the amount of build, (and in the case of the UK a slight decrease in the amount of white space over 2012 levels), the top 3 data center markets of the US, Japan and the UK still account for almost half of all global data center space. Whilst the BRIC economies and particularly China and India have witnessed large amount of build over the past 12 months they have yet to reach the levels of the established data center markets.

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Global Data Center Power 2013

Published: January 2014

2012 saw an increased focus on the data center industry from the media, public and governmental bodies, in particular its usage of energy. The industry faced a barrage of negative publicity surrounding its energy usage and with a 19% increase in the amount of electricity consumed globally by data centers between 2011 and 2012 there were fears that the upwardly rising need for power would continue unabated. 

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Global Data Center Operational Costs in 2013

Published: January 2014

Globally, the proportion of data center owners and operators that have identified operational costs and budgeting as significant threats to ongoing operational capability remains constant from 2011 through to 2013 or just over. Smaller proportions – 20% to 25% – indicate that budget reductions are unlikely to have any impact.

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Global Data Center Employment 2013

Published: January 2014

Globally, the number of people working in or around data centers increased to around 550,000 in 2013. This number includes facility staff and managers, IT and network managers, engineers and project managers, technical specialists and responsible directors and C Level managers. 

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Green, Greener, Greenest? Data Center Commitment to Sustainability 2012-2013

Published: December 2013

This short report is designed to look at how the data center industry’s commitment to sustainability and “green” practices is panning out. The index score is based on analysis of data from the DatacenterDynamics Industry Census in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including information on data center energy monitoring, the actual and intended deployment of solutions and architectures that will improve sustainability, forward planning for capacity increases without an equivalent increase in power demand, and sustainability as a driver of investment and as a source of concern.

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UK Special Report

Published: June 2013

The special report breaks down the information obtained in the census from individuals regarding the profile of their organization’s data center infrastructure, including the number of data centers they operated of over 20 racks and the the total area of floor space dedicated to ICT activities.

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Global Energy Report

Published: July 2012

The paper will address where energy use is increasing, by how much and what measures have been put in place over the past year in order to address the problems associated with increased consumption.

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Growth Into 2013 Report

Published: June 2012

Where will the money be spent and which ‘new’ technologies will be implemented by the masses will be asked and analyzed and ‘expert’ opinion quoted. Will cloud make the corporate data center obsolete? Will modular-designed data center replace old-fashion bricks and mortar and will 2013 finally see mass uptake of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions?

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UK Energy Report

Published: June 2012

This paper will examine in detail the direction of the UK data center industry in terms of space, investment, issues, power usage and uptake of new technologies.

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