The threat of global recession is having minimal impact on the growth of the worldwide datacentre industry, according to analyst firm, DatacenterDynamics.
Early indications from a study by the company, the DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Industry Census, show the robust overall health of the industry.
DatacenterDynamics said although some industry commentators have warned datacentre companies to be prepared for a drastic slowdown following the general economic malaise, statistics show otherwise.
“Whilst countries with highly developed datacentre markets will almost certainly see lower growth figures than previously enjoyed, all indicators [including initial responses to the 2012 Industry Census] point to continued growth across the sector,” DatacenterDynamics intelligence managing director, Nicola Hayes, said.
Hayes claimed datacentres have become an integral part of the Internet and IT infrastructure and growth in Internet usage, rich media, Cloud computing and smartphone use have had a positive effect on it.
Forecasts generated from the results of the Census predicted a worldwide datacentre growth rate of seven per cent from 2011 to 2012, with some less mature markets showing growth rates of up to 60 per cent.
“This is particularly so in under-developed countries - as investors, technology companies and Governments in those areas continue in their efforts to ensure they stand a chance of competing in an IT enabled world,” she said.
Hayes claimed the current figures for the number of global Internet users sit at about 2.11 billion, doubling since 2007 and only accounting for 30 per cent of the world’s population – which leaves wide room for further growth.
The full 2012 census results will be published in Q3, 2012 and census research continues until July 27.
DatacenterDynamics Intelligence is donating $5 to the international childrens’ charity UNICEF for every census survey completed.