In recent year large data centers have been established in Europe
Especially the Nordic countries with their cool climate, stable and green energy supply and highly skilled work forces have been successful in attracting large data centers from some of the leading players in the new data driven economy e.g. Apple, Facebook and Google.
But much more data centers will follow. The future of business and society is digital and data driven and requires massive data storage and processing capacity. Recent forecasts predict that more than 60 large scale data centers will have to be constructed in Europe before 2020. Furthermore a massive need for smaller and medium sized co-location data centers is expected to occur. Altogether these expected developments will create more than 350.000 new jobs across Europe.
Attracting data centers make out a promising potential for boosting local economy and job creation for regions and municipalities. However, the competition is fierce – and if first successful, exchanging a data center investment to local growth and jobs, requires an active and persistent approach from local authorities and other a broad range of stakeholders in regional development.
In Oxford Research we are among the leading experts when it comes to knowledge on data centers and regional development. We have been involved in several regional and local development projects, feasibility studies and strategic analyses on data centers wide across the Nordic countries.
We help governments, regional and local authorities and business development agencies in measuring and assessing:
Our references include projects related to some of the largest data centers in Europe:
Based on the analysis, Oxford Research has identified specific recommendations for ‘Region Syddanmark’ regarding short term focus areas in order to take advantage of the opportunities:
Find the full report (in Danish) here: Afdækning af de erhvervs- og innovationsmæssige potentialer forbundet med etableringen af hyperscale datacenter i Vestdanmark