Britain suffering from inflated data centre pricing – report

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Pricing remains one of highest in Europe, increase in new raised floor space outside the London area will constrain growth in future pricing

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new report published by Tariff Consultancy Ltd (TCL) ‘Data Centre Pricing UK 2012’ reveals that the British data centre market is set to rise by 35 percent to 767,000 square metres of raised floor space by the end of 2017, whilst at the same time, seeing average rack space pricing remaining high at above £800 per month.

According to the report, the main reason for the increase in data centre development is the growth in new campus-based data centres outside London, which will also act as a brake on forecast future average rack space price increases.

Average data centre pricing, TCL’s report states, will be maintained in part by the bundling of power with rack space for a single monthly rental fee, with selected data centre providers offering power bundles of up to 4 kW per rack.

TCL said that average customer power per data centre will rise from 5.5 MW at the end of this year up to 7.4 MW by the end of 2013. Average customer power per metre will increase from 1.08 kW to 1.12 kW over the same period, TCL added.

The report also found that there remains a wide spread of pricing in the British data centre market with the development of regional data centre facilities with pricing per square metre ranges from £160 per month up to £412 per month.

Regional data centre facilities outside London are offering lower cost average pricing from a larger site, TCL’s report found.

The main growth in British data centre facilities will come from the ‘carrier-neutral data centre’ and the ‘premium data centre’ segment.

Apparently, in the British telecommunications sector, operators are typically renting data centre space from other third-party operators rather than building their own facilities.

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