The Surge in Data is Paving the Way for New Data Centres

Over the past decade, the amount of data produced & stored has grown quickly. In 2013, there were 9 zettabytes data generated worldwide and it is predicted to reach 120 zettabytes by the end of 2023, representing around 1,233% increase in just a decade. Factors explaining the explosion of data include 192M new internet users going online in the past year, the development of connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a wide-spread increase of remote / hybrid working and digital communication activities.

Consequently, this has led to an increase in the number of new data centres to collect, store and process all of this data. Data centre investment globally rose by 10% in the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2020, according to a report by Synergy Research Group. The data centre growth has come alongside the shift from traditional, localised data centres into hyperscalers. Currently, there are more than 700 hyperscale data centres in the world, representing a 100% increase over the past 5 years. Another major shift in the industry is to ‘edge’ computing, which is predicted to quadruple by 2025.

At NovAzure, we are working with clients to support the decarbonisation of data centres. If you would like to talk with us about data centre decarbonisation, then please reach out to our team members
working within the industry: Philip Cholerton, Partner (, and Jean-Jacques Jouanna, Managing Director (


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