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Research - DECEMBER 3, 2019

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Investors expect boom in European data centers in the next two years

by Andrea Zander

The vast majority (92 percent) of debt and equity investors surveyed expect the overall value of investment into Europe’s data center infrastructure to increase during the next 24 months, according to research commissioned by DLA Piper.

Data centers are used by organizations for the remote storage, processing and distribution of large amounts of data and are currently estimated to use 3 percent to 4 percent of the world’s power. According to DLA Piper’s report European Data Centre Investment Outlook: Opportunities and Risks in the Months Ahead, investors anticipate an investment increase in data centers of between 10 percent and 29 percent over the next two years.

Data from Acuris in the report shows first half 2019 saw a notable rise in investment — with €1 billion ($1.1 billion) flooding into the data centers market in first half 2019 alone, compared with a total of €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) for the whole of 2018.

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