A new report published by TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd) shows a large increase in power and capacity entering the UK Data Centre market from 2015 to 2020 with the UK currently the biggest data centre market in Europe with more than 287 data centres, 66 more than the Germans.
The revised report TCL Data Centre Pricing UK – 2015 to 2020, updates last year’s edition and now looks at floor space, customer power and retail pricing (including pricing per rack, square metre and per kW) as of the end of 2015 and for the five year period to the end of 2020.
Report findings show data centres are having to compete with cloud by becoming more flexible and offering a wide range of power densities and price points, with high power or low power requirements. Additionally the need for data centres is now as keen outside of London as it is in London, hence more data centre facilities are being built outside of the London/M25 area, with the London/M25 region now accounting for 46% of all UK Data Centre space. The main growth in new data centre space outside is outside the London/M25 area with key cities such as Slough and Manchester developing their own Data Centre ecosystem with a range of customers and partners being present.
While the UK Data Centre market remains the largest European Data Centre market by space and power the number of data centres and providers isn’t driving down costs. The average UK market pricing is now higher than Germany, France & the Netherlands with the average UK Data Centre retail rack space pricing currently at €939 (£665) per month, but there is a wide spread of pricing available in the market, ranging from Euro €500 (£354) per month up to Euro €1,600 (£1133) per month – with the highest pricing available in the London area.
TCL forecasts that UK average Data Centre pricing will increase by around three per cent over the five-year period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2020. Key UK Data Centre providers have been reducing their pricing and users are now faced with a wide range of choice from regional Data Centre clusters using different price points.