This week, the second annual KickStart data center conference was held at the RAI event center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With over 650 attendees from 25+ countries, this C-level data center event has now more than doubled in size.
The Kickstart 2019 event in Amsterdam was packed with the latest insights from industry experts. Main topics touched during the event were trends and developments in the data center, connectivity, and cloud markets, which also included opportunities and challenges that lay ahead including Brexit.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) are the major drivers of growth of digital infrastructure in de coming years, stated Digital Gateway to Europe – the organization behind the Kickstart event. The European digital infrastructure would be on course to at least double in size within 5 years.
During the Kickstart event, Digital Gateway to Europe released their annual report, co-produced by research partners PB7 and CBRE. In this report the key growth indicators for the European data center, cloud and connectivity industries are presented. The number of connected devices, the explosive growth in IP traffic and the ever-growing amount of data are increasing the demand for edge computing, larger data center hubs and hyperscalers.
Data Centers in Europe
ICT research agency Pb7 states in the report that data centers themselves expect to double in several ways within 3 to 5 years. Many expect to double energy consumption and floor space, but also see a necessity for twice as many employees.
In the report, real estate consultancy CBRE calls the outlook for European data centers “extremely strong” this year. Data centers in the FLAP region alone (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris) seem to be heading for over 1500 MW of installed capacity this year.
“In addition to the pressure on technical requirements such as ever lower latencies, distributed computing (Edge) and stricter security, there are simultaneously major challenges in the areas of legislation, privacy, education & personnel, sustainability and energy,” said Stijn Grove, director of Digital Gateway to Europe, the organization that promotes the Netherlands as digital. “The growth of the industry has consequences for the electricity grid and there is a huge need in the coming years for technical personnel to design, build and run applications, data centers and networks.
All visitors of the KickStart Europe Conference have received the ‘Outlook 2019’ report. The report, with key insights into the data center and digital infrastructure industry, is available online for free: www.kickstartconf.eu/outlookreport2019.