New data from Synergy Research Group shows that the total number of large datacentres operated by hyperscale providers increased to 504 at the end of Q3 2019, having tripled since the beginning of 2013.
The EMEA and Asia-Pac regions continue to have the highest growth rates, though the US still accounts for almost 40% of the major cloud and internet datacentre sites. The next most popular locations are China, Japan, the UK, Germany and Australia, which collectively account for another 32% of the total.
Among the hyperscale operators, Amazon and Microsoft opened the most new datacentres in the last 12 months, accounting for over half of the total, with Google and Alibaba being the next most active companies. Synergy research indicates that over 70% of all hyperscale datacentres are located in facilities that are leased from datacentre operators or are owned by partners of the hyperscale operators.
The research is based on an analysis of the datacentre 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. The companies with the broadest datacentre footprint are the leading cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. Each has 60 or more datacentre locations. The remaining firms tend to have their datacentres focused primarily in either the US (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo) or China (Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent).
“There were more new hyperscale datacentres opened in the last four quarters than in the preceding four quarters, with activity being driven in particular by continued strong growth in cloud services and social networking,” said John Dinsdale, Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “This is good news for wholesale datacentre operators and for vendors supplying the hardware that goes into those datacentres. In addition to the 504 current hyperscale datacentres, we have visibility of a further 151 that are at various stages of planning or building, showing that there is no end in sight to the datacentre building boom.”