International consulting firm BroadGroup has recently released the first edition of their Data Centres Central & Eastern Europe report which includes detailed analysis of four CEE markets - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania– where overall m2 space is forecast to increase by an average of 70% by 2017.
Given the relative immaturity of the data centre market in this region and the hegemony of players, the report’s primary comparisons are of the relative merits of the market on a country basis.
Research for the report suggests that the CEE data centre market is experiencing important changes and there is potential for significant growth in the region – especially as the use of outsourcing and cloud services grows.
“The data centre market in Central and Eastern Europe has clearly reached a turning point in terms of market development and business opportunity,” commented Marion Howard-Healy, report author and senior consultant at BroadGroup Consulting. “The recent moves by leading players, TelecityGroup and Deutsche Telekom, heralds change in terms of market dynamics both in data centres and networking”.
Third party data centre markets in the four countries have some way to catch up with data centre markets in Western Europe. Even in more developed ICT markets such as Poland and the Czech Republic, the report finds that there is still some way to go in creating a dynamic carrier neutral co-location market.
The report notes “pockets of supplier excellence” and some impressive new Tier III builds. These developments and the growth of cloud services in the region - together with the concomitant need for data protection in secure local facilities - augurs well for future growth. However, the research found that business user mindsets towards outsourcing to third party vendors needed to change on a wider basis for markets to truly take off.
This report addresses key questions for the future of third party data centre markets in Central and Eastern Europe and at an individual country level and compares economic and regulatory data, vertical market sectors, business users, outsourcing trends, demand drivers and identifies third party data centre locations.
Key factors impacting market development are assessed including location, power, telecoms, virtualisation and cloud computing. It also provides country market profiles and analysis of the key determinants of winners and losers in the third party data centre markets in these four countries. Given the level of market immaturity and the number of complex variable factors at work in each market, the rate at which the third party data centre sector in each country will grow is not yet self-evident. For that reason, BroadGroup includes both high and low scenarios of m2 capacity forecasts per country to 2017.
BroadGroup's Central & Eastern Europe Data Centres & Cloud Report 2013 is recommended for anyone involved, or planning to engage, in the CEE data centre sector from operators to telcos to vendors, investors, government agencies and professional services providers.