Frankfurt will overtake London as the European data centre king

Skyline_Frankfurt_am_MainBeancounters at Research and Markets have named Frankfurt as the Data Centre ruler of Europe.

According to a new report with the catchy title “Europe Data Centre Trends Tracker – 2018” the Frankfurt Data Centre cluster is set for significant extra growth over the next 12 month period.

With 11 Data Centre expansions announced by providers in the Frankfurt area including Colt Telecom, Digital Realty, Equinix, Interxion and Maincube – the Frankfurt cluster will soon overtake the UK’s largest Data Centre cluster to become the largest single city Data Centre cluster in Europe.

The research is based on a survey of Data Centre facilities in the 15 markets including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

This research shows that although long-established as the most substantial Data Centre market in Europe, the London & the Inner M25 cluster region is set to be overtaken by Frankfurt as the largest Data Centre cluster in Europe.

The latest edition of the bi-annual Euro-Data Centre Trends subscription service forecasts that third-party Data Centre raised floor space in the London & Inner M25 and Frankfurt clusters stands at 264,000 m2 of potential space available in each city.

In total Frankfurt area third party Data Centre space is forecast to grow by over 34,0000 m2 of raised floor space – or approximately 60 MW of DCCP (Data Centre Customer Power) – during 2018. Frankfurt will overtake London to become the largest cluster in Europe by the beginning of 2019.

By contrast, the London & Inner M25 area cluster is forecast to add only an additional 10,300 m2 of Data Centre raised floor space with two notable London Data Centre expansions due to take place in 2018 (including VIRTUS London-5 at Stockley Park and Interxion London-3 at Brick Lane).

The report said that Frankfurt is seeing new third-party Data Centre growth because there is new space for expansion around the Frankfurt area. Frankfurt is becoming an international connectivity hub – with the man German Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) reporting daily IP traffic of over 5.9 TB as of September 2017, with the Frankfurt area also becoming a hub for connectivity in Germany and to other countries in the CEE region.

The London & Inner M25 region cluster is seeing a relative shortage of new land for Data Centre development when compared with Frankfurt.

Increasingly, Data Centre development is taking place outside of the London & Inner M25 area with Slough now becoming the most significant Data Centre cluster outside London (including developments made by Cyxtera, Equinix, NTT Com, VIRTUS & Zenium) with over 100,000 m2 of Data Centre raised floor space available in the Slough area.