The African Data Center Rises: Colocation Demand, Supply, Forecasts & Business Models

THE AFRICAN DATA CENTER RISES

Market Study; Published October 2015; Pages: 105; Research from: Xalam Analytics; From: GBP 1250.00

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Every so often, a product sees a multiplicity of factors combine, as if coordinated, to create a groundswell of demand for it so strong that it turns into a near-tsunami, only held back by the supply side’s inability to keep up with it.
Our analysis of the African multi-tenant colocation data center market suggests a market in such a stage, at the onset of a phase of accelerated growth driven by factors ranging from rising demand for cloud and server virtualization services to booming media content markets, regulatory pressures to “repatriate” hosting of African content, and substantially improved metro fiber infrastructure.
The African Data Center Rises: Colocation Demand, Supply, Forecasts & Business Models provides one of the most comprehensive research currently available on the African data center market. The report offers in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of demand for data center services in sub-Saharan Africa, along with estimates and projections of available white space supply, analysis of the colocation business model and profiles of key African colocation providers.
The report offers insights on data center service provisioning in a context of distressingly deficient power infrastructure and provides profiles of key African colocation market players, their estimated share, business models and overall outlook. In addition, the report analyzes data center demand in key economic centers such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi, and further identifies Accra, Dar es Salaam, Ibadan and Port Harcourt as offering the next best data center opportunities in the region.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: THE AFRICAN DATA CENTER RISES

I. AFRICAN COLOCATION MARKET: THE DEMAND CASE
1.1 Drivers of African Colo Demand – From Cloud to Epileptic Power Supply
1.1.1 Connectivity: Need More, But It’s Better
1.1.2 From Financials to Media & Cloud Players, an Expanded Addressable Market
1.1.3 International Players: Fitting Africa into “Global” Networks
1.1.4 Others: Cloud, Virtualisation, Managed Services, Regulation
1.2 Breaking Down the Nature of Demand – Wholesale First. Retail? Later, Maybe.
1.3 Sizing Up the African Data Center Colo TAM
1.3.1 Some Market Sizing Parameters
1.3.2 Three Types of Colo Demand: From Addressable to Potential to “Real” Demand
1.3.3 The Demand Curve: 60% to 90% of Potential Demand Is Not Yet Addressed

II. AFRICAN COLOCATION MARKET: THE SUPPLY SIDE
2.1 The African Colocation Market: Supply Overview & Colo White Space Projections
2.1.1 African Colocation White Space Supply Bursting at the Seams
2.1.2 Key Colo Hot Spots & Tier Certification
2.1.3 Africa Colo Supply Outlook: Strong
2.2 African Colocation Market Structure: Carrier Neutral Plays, Fibercos & Telcos
2.2.1 African Colo Market Structure: From Server Rooms to Data Centers
2.3 Who’s Got the Power? African Colo Data Centers & Power Infrastructure
2.3.1 The Exploding Demand for Data Center Power
2.3.2 How They Do It: African Data Centers Sources of Power
2.3.3 How They Do It: Diesel or Bust, High PUEs & Other Implications
2.4 African Colo Pricing: Looking for Equilibrium – Or Not
2.4.1 African Colo Pricing: (Not) Looking for the Supply-Demand Equilibrium
2.4.2 African Colo Pricing: Outside of SA, Not Exactly Compelling for Retail Customers

III. SUPPLY DEMAND GAPS, HOTSPOTS & REVENUE PROJECTIONS
3.1 Supply/Demand Gap Analysis: Of Surpluses & Deficits
3.2 From Dar es Salaam to Ibadan: Looking for Other Potential DC Hotspots
3.3 African Colocation Market Revenue Projections: Tracking Towards the Billion

IV. AFRICAN COLO PLAYER REVIEW, POSITIONING & BUSINESS MODEL
EVOLUTION
4.1 African Colo Player Strategic Evolution: Where they Are, Where They’re Going
4.1.1 Strategic Evolution – Tier 1 Access Carriers
4.1.2 Strategic Evolution – Carrier Neutral Colocation Pure Plays
4.1.3 Strategic Evolution – IT, Cloud Service Providers & ISPs
4.1.4 Strategic Evolution – Fiber Companies
4.2 African Colo Key Player Review: From Teraco to MDI-X & Rack Center

V. KEY MARKET ANALYSIS: JOHANNESBURG & LAGOS
5.1 Appendix: Supply Demand Gaps & Key Player Analysis in the Johannesburg Market
5.2 Appendix: Supply Demand Gaps & Key Player Analysis in the Lagos Market