Renewables, Edge Computing, privacy regulations…
Is your data center going to be WHERE you need it, WHEN you need it?
Like every other real estate project, data centers can take time to complete… and time is always short and precious! For this reason, we must predict future challenges, anticipate the market, and think ahead.
Knowing that climate change no longer leaves us the choice of whether or not to reduce our CO2 emissions, sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have attribute. It is, therefore, increasingly important to choose a location with access to renewable energy. And yes, this is also possible in Germany!
Feeding your data centers with clean energy will drastically (and positively) impact the emissions counts, already in a short time frame. Regardless of the approach you choose to follow, or whether you buy clean energy directly from a local utility company, or produce it on your own, the right location will give you a strategic advantage for your future projects.
Did you know that in Germany, as part of the Energiewende (energy transition), the total renewable energy supply rose from 18.5% in 2009 to 46% in 2019, with the goal of reaching 65% by 2030?
Net public electricity generation in Germany in 2009 (left) and 2019 (right)
Source: Fraunhofer ISE
In addition, we already know that in a short time Edge Computing will change the rules of the game requiring new network architecture and the construction of more regional data centers. According to Global Market Insights, the edge data center market is expected to grow worldwide $16 billion by 2025, with a growth of +221% in Europe over the next five years (Statista, 2020).
Within this European framework, Germany is probably the fastest-growing data center market and largest edge market. One of the reasons has to do with the fact that Germany has a high share of internet users. In 2019, 86% of the German population was connected to the internet, making Germany the 11th highest country in the world by internet users.
Moreover, Germany is the homeland of many world-famous companies, just think of the automotive industry or financial sector. Such companies do not only contribute to make Germany the world’s fourth largest economy, but also generate and have the need to process large amounts of data. Which, according to GDPR, must remain within the country’s borders. If you only consider the effects of such a data protection law, the total data center investments increased by 10% in just one year (Aritzon, 2020).
In this fast-growing market, NDC is constantly looking for the best data center locations. As of today, thanks to our local network of higly-experienced and successful partners, we can offer Tier I (core Edge) and Tier II (distributed Edge) locations. Moreover, we can support you in every phase of your project and offer you solutions to power your data centers with renewable energy.
What are you waiting for?
Don’t live on the edge… come to Germany!