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Demand remains strong in the European data centre market

Say Jones Lang LaSalle in their seventh Data Centre Barometer report

London, 8th December 2011 – The seventh Jones Lang LaSalle European Data Barometer report released today, indicates that despite current economic uncertainty the supply and demand balance of the European data centre market remains positive.

Almost half of the respondents that were surveyed are expecting to expand the size of their in-house technical floorspace portfolio over the coming year, a proportion unchanged since the last survey, whilst there has been a marginal increase in those expecting to increase their ‘third party’ operated data centre stock.

David Willcocks, Lead Director for Data Centre Solutions at Jones Lang LaSalle said: “The overall message still appears to be one of ‘wait and see’ rather than anything more worrying and we are witnessing people maintaining a ‘business and usual’ stance which is encouraging. It is still too early to predict whether, in the longer term, the turmoil in the Eurozone will reduce demand in the sector, but the survey has shown us that a significant number of companies are planning to expand in the second half of 2012.”
In a market that has experienced steady growth, when asked the question of the use of containerised solutions almost two thirds of respondents said they would consider a modular solution for their next data centre. This does not mean that the traditional build will no longer be applicable, but more a reflection of the fact that modularity is now a deliverable product and can provide a just-in-time solution for those companies with tight time constraints.

David Willcocks goes on to comment: “The proportion of those companies that are considering a modular solution has now doubled, which demonstrates the attractiveness of this type of approach. We are witnessing this at a day to day level from customer enquiries. “