Amazon, Meta, and Enterprise spend to drive data centre capex to 11% growth in 2024

In a recent report from Dell’Oro Group, the leading authority on telecommunications, security, networks, and data centre industries, it’s projected that global data centre capital expenditure (capex) will surge by 11 percent in 2024. This increase is anticipated as certain hyperscale cloud service providers resume their expansion plans, and the previously frozen spending in enterprise markets starts to thaw.

“Worldwide data centre capex is projected for only a 4 percent growth in 2023. The slowdown in general-purpose server and storage deployments weighed down the market despite increased AI-related investments. While Microsoft, Google, and Oracle have increased their data centre investments in 2023 year-to-date, other cloud service providers such as Amazon and Meta have trimmed their data centre capex,” said Baron Fung, Sr. Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Our outlook for 2024 is more optimistic. New AI applications such as generative AI will be a key investment driver in the cloud and enterprise. Furthermore, we anticipate demand for general-purpose servers to recover following a prolonged correction, and as customers make a transition to new server platforms that enable more efficient computing,” explained Fung.

Additional highlights from the 3Q 2023 Data Centre IT Capex Quarterly Report:

  • Server and storage system revenue is forecast for growth greater than 20 percent in 2024, while network and physical infrastructure revenues grows single digits.
  • Dell led all OEMs in server revenue in 3Q 2023, followed by IEI Systems (formerly Inspur) and HPE. White box server vendors gained 8 points of revenue share year-over-year compared to the OEMs.
  • The hyperscale cloud service providers are forecast to increase their data centre capex by 13 percent in 2024.

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