2017 can be tagged as a promising year for the European Data Center Market on account of the numerous technologies that are being embedded in the data centers. With all eyes on the 5 G mobile technology, the European market is also heading towards a sustainable demand for cloud-centric operations. Projected to grow to $10.82 billion  by the end of 2020, it is an important piece of trivia to know that United Kingdom leads the pack with 224 data centers. Paris is second in line with 48, while Amsterdam records 38 data centers.
Given these favorable trends, the future of a colocation hosting center is governed by a host of advantages and disadvantages; all of which are enlisted under their respective heads.
Positives of Colocation Hosting In Europe
- Europe as a continent is registering a rapid growth with new entrants entering the scene, pushing the need for colocation data centers to be concentrated in Western Europe. Supported by the need for space and ancillary utilities, businesses are constantly looking out for colocation data centers.
- Colocation servers come in as a perfect bet for companies to strengthen their operations by making the most of superior quality managed data center services that are thriving in the European markets. Enabling businesses to prune their operational IT expenditure, this colocation option bestows them the luxury of generating increased revenues.
- With the rising demand for colocation services, service providers are going the extra mile in offering specific scalability features that can be availed by entrepreneurs. This is leading to the phenomenon of colocation providers teaming up with cloud providers and hardware enterprises to offer state-of-the-art cloud features for colocation customers.
- In addition to simple data storage facilities, the European market is now at the receiving end of high speed data analytics solutions that can effortlessly catapult businesses to the next level.
- Given the dynamic nature of data center management, the onus is on Data Center Managers to keep pace with the constantly increasing capacity requirements. When this constraint is teamed with a tight budget, they have no other option but to turn their focus to colocation servers as the best bet.
- Colocation while coming as a low-cost alternative also offers the flexibility to European players to downgrade or upgrade the technological needs of their enterprises so as to match their specific requirements. With most of European companies having a watchful eye on pruning down their operational costs, the colocation option comes as a budget-friendly option.
Disadvantages of European Colocation Servers
- Battling with regulatory and compliance issues, the European market with its dynamically changing operating expenditure is posing an issue concerning the location of these colocation servers.
- Certain locations in Europe tagged under the head of “not recommended” places to host a colocation server pose an obstacle that needs to be overcome.
- With initial set-up costs rising, some European players may not be inclined to invest in colocation and might opt for basic hosting.
- An additional costing factor comes in the form of hiring and paying for the services of a techie who will be ordained to manage and maintain your server.
In view of the advantages and disadvantages of going the colocation way, if European players are able to find a data center location in close proximity to their business, this physical constraint can bring about a cost-friendly and effective option for European businesses to prosper.