The pandemic-struck datacentre market is expected to dip 10.3 percent this year but grow over the next four years, according to Gartner.
The research firm projects end-user spending on global datacentre infrastructure to rise six percent to touch US$200 billion in 2021.
“The priority for most companies in 2020 is keeping the lights on, so datacentre growth is generally being pushed back until the market enters the recovery period. Gartner expects larger enterprise datacentre sites to hit pause temporarily and then resume expansion plans later this year or early next. However, hyperscalers will continue with their global expansion plans due to continued investments in public cloud,” said Naveen Mishra, Senior Research Director of Gartner.
Lockdowns from COVID-19 are stopping more than 60 percent of planned new facilities construction in 2020.
“Much of the reduced demand in 2020 is expected to return in 2021 when staff can physically be onsite. For now, all datacentre infrastructure segments will be subject to cost containment measures and enterprise buyers are expected to extend life cycles of installed equipment,” said Mishra.