Arcadis has published its 2021 index of data centre locations. Using a set of indicators including ease of permissions for new data centre buildings, electricity prices and cybersecurity on the supply side as well as domestic market size and internet infrastructure on the demand side, the report lists the 50 most desirable locations globally.
The UK comes in at number 13 with the highest ranking for cybersecurity and high scores for energy security and domestic market size.
Commenting on the UK’s strengths for data centre location, the reports authors claim:
“The UK is a critical interchange and communications hub between North America and Europe with over 50 undersea cables. London is one of the prominent global financial centers and has the largest data center market in Europe. At the same time, the UK is beginning to roll out FTTP (fiber to the premises) and catching up with many of its neighbors, which will likely increase data consumption in the future. Leaving the EU will have an impact on the data hosting and media streaming market that may now need to build additional capacity in both the UK and Europe.”
This follows news reported by Data Center Dynamics that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is behind the proposed development of 2 large data centres on the site of the former Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire. Planning documents shows plans to build two data centers of up to 25m in height, with a total floor space of up to 54,760 sq m (590,000 sq ft).