(The Hosting News) – Without a doubt, the global data center market worldwide has considerably shifted in recent years as new technologies including cloud have emerged at the forefront of the tech industry. While it’s been apparent that data center growth worldwide is on the rise, how does the market vary in accordance to geographic region? That’s the exact question that a new study unveiled by research firm Gartner answered on Monday.
The study itself payed particular attention to the issue of data center outsourcing, a common practice amongst top tech companies looking to relocate their facilities outside their home countries due to issues including affordability and energy efficiency.
Introducing the study’s results in a press release from the research firm, Gartner VP Claudio Da Rold discussed changing factors in the industry. “Many events have affected the DCS market in the past two years, with symptoms of a traditional market at the tipping point from maturity to reinvention or decline,” commented Rold.
Rold continued, “Buyers in enterprise organizations must recognize the common usage patterns and differentiated levels of adoption of hosting vs. data center outsourcing (DCO), as well as the different business and market drivers toward new products.”
The study organized the industry by geographic regions including North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The survey found IaaS and cloud most prevalent in North America, representing 42% of the industry. Meanwhile, a significant part of the globe outside the North American region accounted for data center outsourcing (80%).
In its respective region, the data center outsourcing market represents a billion dollar industry. In North America alone, during the course of last year, $33 billion dollars was invested in outsourcing. The result was a bit higher for the European market, representing a worth of $38 billion. While recent reports have indicated a growth in Asia’s data center market, the region accounted for the least amount of data center outsourcing, representing $10 billion dollars in 2011.
Garnter’s study also analyzed web hosting and colocation services. In North America, web hosting reigns dominant, making up a $23 billion dollar industry last year while $8.6 billion $2.5 billion were represented in Europe and Asia-Pacific respectively.
Earlier this month, Gartner released a study analyzing and predicting personal computer shipments during the course of 2012 which the company expects to remain low despite a slight increase as compared to last year. For more information regarding the study on data center trends by Gartner, go here (gartner.com).