The data centre industry is growing fast, and the UK is a global leader in the field.
Tech UK confirmed that:
“Data centres are at the heart of the UK’s digital infrastructure and represent the focal point where the (UK Government’s) Industrial Strategy and the digital strategy should meet.”
In 2017 there were 252 co-location DCs in the UK with demand rising from further migration to the cloud, the introduction of 5G in 2020 and the consequent exponential growth in data transmission, analysis and hosting via the interest in the Internet of Things. By the start of 2018, the co-location market alone was predicted to have a global value of £27.1bn and almost 180 million sq ft in operational floor space.