Large companies are still hungry for data centre space. A survey of companies with more than 2,000 employees by data centre provider Digital Realty Trust has found that even in the grip of a recession, one in four intends to grow its data centre capabilities in the next year. A further 41% say they will expand their footprint in the 2010.
Chris Crosby, Digital Realty’s vice-president of sales, says the results were particularly surprising given the survey was conducted last October, during “one of the worst weeks in modern financial history”.
The most frequently cited reasons for expansion were disaster recovery, new applications and floor space, with cooling considered “less important” than during 2007.
Two target locations for expansion stood out:
Energy consumption was given a different weighting in different countries. Companies in the
“The average power capacity is approximately 5.7 kW per rack,” he says. “But we know that is not what’s being used – it’s more like 2 to 3 kW. We see a lot of enterprises overbuying,” he says.