There are approximately 300 what are called “hyperscale” data centres in the world, and some 20 per cent of them are in Asia.
Hyperscale data centres are ones which are designed to provide a single, massively scalable compute architecture. They tend to be built by or for one large company, some of which are mentioned below.
According to the Synergy Research Group, the US has the largest number of hyperscale data centre operators. That is unlikely to change even after Asia goes on its construction binge, but it will probably change the balance somewhat.
Asian operators are set to build more than 70 hyperscale facilities over the next three years, reports Data-Economy.com.
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The US accounts for more than 45 per cent of major cloud and internet data center sites. The next prominent locations are China and Japan, with 8 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.
The three leading countries are then followed by the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Germany and India, each of which accounts for 3-5 per cent of the total.
The Synergy research is based on an analysis of the data center footprint of 24 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, including the largest operators in SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, search, social networking and e-commerce.
Of the 24 firms surveyed, 13 had data centre sites. The companies with the largest data center footprint are also the leading cloud providers:
- Amazon Web Services;
- Microsoft; and
Each one of the above companies has 40 or more data centre locations.
Google and Oracle also has “notably broad data center presence”, says Synergy, while the remainder of the 24 firms mainly have data centres in the US or China.
The US companies include:
- LinkedIn; and
The ones with significant data centre presence in China include Tencent and Baidu.
John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, says: “Hyperscale growth goes on unabated and we are forecasting that hyperscale operators will pass the 400 data center mark by the end of 2018.
“What is remarkable is that the US still accounts for nearly half of all hyperscale data centers, reflecting the US dominance of cloud and internet technologies.
“While other countries are now featuring more prominently due to either their scale or the unique characteristics of their local markets, the major players continue to invest heavily in US data center operations.”