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Industry Forecasts

The biggest trend we currently face is the continuing digitisation of businesses. It’s no longer sufficient to simply have some aspects of your business digitised or technologically advanced. It is a business-wide necessity for the development of your business in a technology-driven world.

  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority research indicates significant increases in the cloud computing market in Australia over the next few years, with growth rates expected of approximately 22% per annum.
  • The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that the total cloud computing market in Australia will increase from $884 million in 2012 to $2.7 billion in 2017.
  • Australia’s data centre services market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 13.9 percent from 2013 to 2020.
  • Australian organisations prefer onshore data centre services, with responsive, personable and trusted customer service.

It is estimated that Australia still accounts for less than one percent of total global data centre space. The most significant challenge faced by Australian organisations running their own data centres is the lack of skills and resources internally.

To resolve these challenges, companies are looking to outsource data centre requirements to facilities offering beneficial solutions. Outsourcing data centre requirements produces a number of benefits including lower operating costs, superior security features, better availability and peace of mind with all disaster recovery and records management aspects.

"Factors compelling demand for data centre services include increased adoption of high-bandwidth consumer applications such as social media and high definition video, greater consumption of cloud-based solutions, the increasing number of cloud service providers and the complexity in managing IT environments and end-points which is a barrier to organisations operating in-house data centres."

Phil Harpur
Senior Research Manager
Australia & New Zealand ICT Practice