Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Data Center Advisory Group confirms in its latest report on European data centers that the data center market will continue to grow. The lockdown in the corona crisis had shown the need for a robust IT infrastructure, because of home office and because people used more video streaming and online games in their free time. Corresponding peaks in Internet traffic would reflect this new reality. In spring 2020, the DE-CIX reported a world record throughput of 9.1 terabits per second. This flow of data included a 50 percent increase in video conferencing and a 25 percent increase in both online gambling and social media usage.
In addition, an expansion of well over 100 MW is in full swing in Frankfurt. The global providers Digital Realty and Equinix, which operate in several clusters each, as well as the competitors Cyrusone, Iron Mountain, Colt, Interxion and Etix made a particular contribution. Many of these providers expect to gain additional hyperscalers as anchor tenants. These hyperscalers are in particular companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft etc. But not only the corona virus contributes to the growth of the data centers in Frankfurt. Data protection considerations in regards to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also ensure that capacities are built up in Germany and not in other countries.
In July 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) also overturned the so-called Privacy Shield Agreement between the EU and the USA. In many cases, legitimate data transfers have been declared illegal and incompatible with European law. As a consequence, data will increasingly be stored in Germany in the future, so that it is not transferred to areas with a different legal situation.