Hyperscale Data Center Count Jumps to 43; Another 132 in the Pipeline
January 10, 2019
New data from Synergy Research Group shows that the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers rose by 11% in 2018 to reach 430 by year end. In 2018 the Asia-Pac and EMEA regions featured most prominently in terms of new data centers that were opened, but despite that the US still accounts for 40% of the major cloud and internet data center sites.
The next most popular locations are China, Japan, the UK, Australia and Germany, which collectively account for another 30% of the total. During 2018 new data centers were opened in 17 different countries with the US and Hong Kong having the largest number of additions. Among the hyperscale operators, Amazon and Google opened the most new data centers in 2018, together accounting for over half of the total. The research is based on an analysis of the data center footprint of 20 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, including the largest operators in SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, search, social networking, e-commerce and gaming.
average each of the 20 firms had 22 data
center sites. The companies with the
broadest data center footprint are the
leading cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft,
Google and IBM. Each has 55 or more data
center locations with at least three in each
of the four regions – North America, APAC,
EMEA and Latin America. Alibaba and Oracle
also have a notably broad data center
presence. The remaining firms tend to have
their data centers focused primarily in
either the US (Apple, Facebook, Twitter,
eBay, Yahoo) or China (Baidu, Tencent).