London, United Kingdom – (The Hosting News) – March 17, 2006 – BroadGroup consultancy’s Managed Services Europe report forecasts that managed services in Europe will almost triple in value by 2011 to EUR 6.2 billion.
According to the report,
managed services have emerged from a small base to an opportunity experiencing growth currently running at 20% per annum, and approximately equal in size to the combined revenues for web hosting and colocation. Highlights from the report will be presented at next week’s Data Centres Europe event.
Finding that enterprises are increasingly receptive to partial third-party management of infrastructure and assets, a range of players have moved into the managed service space but will confront the need to choose between the delivery of standardised or customised solutions. In doing so, the importance of collaborative partnerships for all players is emphasised throughout the report, even though this may result in other trade-offs.
The report observes that migrating to managed services requires investment as well as acceptance of risk. Competition is intensifying, the cost of sales and channels and pressure to produce standardised products is increasing. In addition, the emergence of ”on-demand” or pay-as-you-go IT models is occurring as providers attempt to broaden acceptance of hosted services.
Evidence gathered for the report suggests that telecom providers will eventually dominate the hosting market due to their business scale and customer-market presence, taking approximately 32% market share by 2011.
Although all service providers will benefit from the adoption of managed services, data centres stand to gain extensively by providing carrier neutral space to the System Integrators and Hosting providers. This argument runs counter to the view that data centres will gain most by providing managed services directly to the enterprise customer. Data centre revenue share for direct end user managed services will be relatively small but for those positioned with blade servers the opportunity to acquire further revenues will be high.
Keith Breed, Research Director at BroadGroup commented, ”2006 will be a watershed year in the provisioning of Managed Services in Europe,” commented “Managed Services across the region should now evolve as a distinct significant growth market, with the UK and German markets forming the nucleus of activity.”
To learn more about BroadGroup’s Managed Services Europe report, please visit: www.datacentres.com/dce.