Nordic countries lead data center growth in Western Europe
The Nordic countries in Europe are leading data center "white space" growth in Europe thanks to major Internet companies taking their business over there because of financial incentives and mature infrastructure.
Recent research has shown that the Nordic countries had 22% growth in data center "white space" (the IT equipment area) over the last year -- the largest percentage increase of all Western European and Scandinavian countries.
According to Nicola Hayes, md of DCD Intelligence the research arm of DatacenterDynamics, "Internet giants like Yahoo!, Google and recently Facebook -- plus many other companies -- have flocked to the Nordics. They have been drawn by the combination of financial incentives, mature infrastructure, cool climate, cheap and reliable energy, and a skilled workforce. There has also been a significant increase in the amount of outsourcing in this region," she said.
"Countries in the Nordic region have established themselves as leading examples of best practice in the development of ICT infrastructure. And publicity from the establishment of Nordics-based Data Centers by the internet giants has helped to drive interest in this market on an international scale," she said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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