Comment just released by GVA Connect (gva.co.uk/datacentres) – the company’s data centre property agency - notes that enquiry levels for data centre space demonstrated a steep month on month rise during quarter three of 2013 (03/13).
Said Charlie Carden, a director of GVA Connect, “This steep rise was not only in the volume of enquiries but also in the average size of space/power requirement compared to previous quarters. This is a good early indication of health returning to the data centre sector.
“These encouraging figures for the data centre economy follow GVA Connect’s recent announcement of the availability of a new data centre called Gateway in London’s West Thurrock (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk). With 86,000 square feet of data halls, up to 47MVA of diverse power and 2.0ms round trip latency to the City of London, Gateway is available as a Shell and Core, Powered Shell or Fully Fitted data centre.
Returning to his industry commentary Carden said, “The recovery is already evident from the serious increase in enquiries from US operators not only for space in the UK but across EMEA.
“Existing operators and potential new entrants are now investigating the UK market to satisfy requirements from their enterprise clients - many of whom are seeking to move to global outsourced IT solutions”.
A further rising trend, according to GVA Connect is the increase in interest for data centre space from corporate users – indicating a relaxation in corporate IT budgets. The same upward trend has also been noted from telecoms and media-related businesses.
“Being the leading agent for the marketing of UK data centre space”, concluded Carden, “We’re anticipating further rises to be driven by USA operators in Q2/14 and we’re well placed to assist clients in both lettings and acquisitions “.