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Worldwide data centre hardware spending to reach $98.9bn: Gartner

Posted on: November 10, 2011


  • Worldwide data centre hardware spending is projected to reach $98.9bn in 2011, up 12.7% from 2010 spending of $87.8bn, according to IT research firm Gartner.

 

  • Gartner also forecasted that data centre hardware spending, which includes servers, storage and enterprise data centre networking equipment, will total to $106.4bn in 2012, and surpass $126.2bn in 2015.

 

  • Gartner research director Jon Hardcastle said growth in emerging regions – particularly Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries) – is balanced by continued weakness relative to pre-downturn levels in Japan and Western Europe.

 

  • “Storage is the main driver for growth. Although only a quarter of data center hardware spending is on storage, almost half of the growth in spending will be from the storage market,” Hardcastle said.

 

  • The very largest size category of data centres (more than 500 racks of equipment) will increase its share of spending from 20% in 2010 to 26% in 2015, driven by the cloud and the shift from internal data centre provision to external.

 

  • In 2010, 2% of data centres contained 52% of total data centre floorspace and accounted for 63% of data centre hardware spending.

 

  • In 2015, 2% of data centres will contain 60% of data centre floorspace and account for 71% of data centre hardware spending, the report said.

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