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EMEA Data Centre Market Update

Andrew Fray • 30/10/2023

Given the thriving landscape of the EMEA region, Cushman & Wakefield has introduced the EMEA Data Centre Maturity Index to track evolution of notable markets. The Maturity Index is a statistical comparison of markets based on their current maturity as well as their growth over the next five to seven years.  

Across the biggest metros in EMEA namely Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Dublin, (FLAP-D) the markets continue to expand, despite the headwinds emerging from power availability, power pricing and sustainability regulations. Owing to factors like strategic location, data sovereignty, connectivity and rising demand, the secondary markets such as Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Warsaw are also gaining interests of operators and investors and powering ahead. The Nordic countries, specifically Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with their immense potential and a current contribution of 12% of the region's data center pipeline, are attractive prospects for investment. 

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg in South Africa are steadily emerging as key destinations due to their strategic geographic location, reliable connectivity, and increasing local and regional cloud adoption. 

The top global hyperscale cloud service providers (CSPs) are entering secondary markets such as Brussels, Warsaw, Zaragoza, and Copenhagen, with more than 150MW of combined under construction capacity. The presence of these CSPs is likely to draw major colocation data center operators, developers, and investors to these markets. 

The Cushman & Wakefield EMEA Data Centre Update for October 2023 covers 18 key markets – including 10 new markets:

Powerhouse & Established Markets: 
  Developing & Emerging Markets:  
  • London 
  • Frankfurt 
  • Amsterdam 
  • Dublin 
  • Paris 
  • Stockholm 
  • Oslo 
  • Madrid 
  • Johannesburg  
  • Milan 
  • Warsaw  
  • Riyadh  
  • Copenhagen  
  • Brussels   
  • Zurich  
  • Istanbul  
  • Lisbon  
  • Prague    
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