Datacentre infrastructure spending to grow to $128 billion this year

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Emerging markets will support EMEA growth in large datacentre server and storage spending

Spending on datacentre infrastructure is set to hit $128 billion this year – up six percent from 2011.

The total global spending on data infrastructure, including servers, storage, networking security and virtualisation, grew from $120 billion last year, according to a new report from Canalys. The figure is set to continue to grow at an average of five percent each year, hitting $152 billion in 2016.

The growth will be led by large datacentres, which will see an increase in spending of eight percent annually over the same period, as businesses increase use of applications for end users.

Not surprisingly Canalys reckons that cloud computing is set to continue to play a big, with Europe continuing to spearhead the transition, with cash strapped nations looking to increase efficiency by shoving data into larger, central data centres.

Again, another big trend, big data, will drive spending, with analytics also driving large datacentre expansions.

However it will be Asia Pacific that will see the fastest growth in spending on datacentre infrastructure will be seen, with EMEA growth affected by the economic crises in mature regions.   Growth in Poland, Russia, Turkey and South Africa is expected however.

US firms will aim to grab a greater slice of the Asia market, but analysts highlight the challenge presented by local vendors such as Huawei, Hitachi, Fujitsu and NEC.

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