TechNavio recently released its Data Center Colocation Market report studying the current growth in the United Kingdom through the next four years. According to their research, the colocation data center market in the region is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 14.43 percent from this year through 2018.
The research noted that the UK colocation sector has been experiencing rising adoption from small and medium-sized enterprises, boosting client demands and encouraging service providers to boost their service footprints in the region. In addition, the increasing complexity of network infrastructure systems has also significantly contributed to market growth in the UK.
Expanding service footprints
The report named a number of key service providers currently comprising the majority of offerings in the U.K.’s data center colocation market, including Digital Realty Trust, Equinix and Rackspace. In addtion, Telecity, Telehouse, Infinity SD and Cobalt are major players in the market. A number of organizations already boast several locations in the region, and some groups have plans in place to expand their service footprints.
For example, CenturyLink has five colocation facilities in London alone, ranging in space from 11,000 square feet to 56,500 square feet. Digital Realty Trust also has a number of UK data centers, including structures in London and Manchester. In total, the company operates eight facilities in the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, Equinix announced plans to open two new UK facilities this year, including its sixth London data center featuring 86,000 square feet of space to house 2,770 cabinet racks. The structure is on pace to open in early 2015 to address the needs of financial service and enterprise clients. Webhosting UK Com Ltd. also has plans in the works for service expansion, and recently announced an initiative to boost capacity at its Tier 4 data center at Reading.