Use of Merchant Services Growing Across UK
The use of data centres around the world is growing rapidly. In fact, it’s estimated that around 69 percent of businesses are already making use of data centres for cloud storage, with that number expected to continue rising as businesses learn more about the advantages, including:
- Cost – While there is a significant debate going on about which is the more cost effective route – data centres or onsite dedicated servers, the general consensus seems to be that, for smaller businesses at least, a data centre will often bring savings when compared to a dedicated server.
- Convenience – With no hardware to purchase or maintain, businesses often find that data centres provide a convenience that they wouldn’t find with dedicated servers. This not only helps to save money, but also frees up valuable internal resources for business growth.
- Flexibility – With a data centre, your business will only pay for what it uses – no more, no less. For smaller businesses especially, who may not be able to fully anticipate how their needs and requirements may evolve, the flexibility of data centres is definitely a major advantage.
If you’re looking into using a data centre – either locally or globally – online comparison is a good place to start your search. When you compare data centres, you’ll find that there are many providers offering to host your essential business information. So who are the biggest players in the data centre market?
- Amazon – Around 35 percent market share, and 63 percent year-on-year growth
- Microsoft – Around 10 percent market share, and 124 percent year-on-year growth
- IBM – Around 7 percent market share, and 57 percent year-on-year growth
- Google – Around 4 percent market share, and 108 percent year-on-year growth
- Salesforce – Around 3 percent market share, and 40 percent year-on-year growth
How the Data Centre Market is Changing
However, there’s big changes ahead in the global data centre market, with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google especially all vying to become the dominant provider. Just recently, Google, who already have 15 data centres located throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, have announced 12 new centres that are due to be up and running by the end of 2017. While the new locations have yet to be confirmed, Google have said that Oregon, United States, and Tokyo, Japan, will certainly be on the list.
For UK businesses, the hope, of course, is that these providers will begin opening more data centres across Britain, giving us the advantage of lower latency and easier access for us and our clients.