Synergy Research: Hyperscale Data Center Count Approaches the 400 Mark

Synergy Research GroupNew research from Synergy Research Group shows that the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers is rapidly approaching the 400 mark. The year-end total will be over 390, after Q4 data center openings in India, China, and Malaysia. 

The companies with the broadest data center footprint are cloud providers Amazon/AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Google. Each has 45 or more data center locations with at least three in each of the four regions – North America, APAC, EMEA and Latin America. Oracle and Alibaba also have a notably broad data center presence. The remaining firms tend to have their data centers focused primarily on either the US (Apple, Twitter, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn, Yahoo) or China (Tencent, Baidu).

“Hyperscale data center growth goes on unabated and we already have visibility of at least 69 more hyper-scale data centers that are at various stages of planning or building. We will pass the 500 milestone before the end of 2019,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “It is remarkable that the US still accounts for almost half of all hyper-scale data centers, reflecting the US dominance of cloud and internet technologies. Other countries are now featuring more prominently in terms of data center build, but even three years from now we forecast that the US will still account for some 40% of the worldwide total.”

U.S. Still Dominates

The mid-year period saw a flurry of openings in Germany, the UK, Singapore, Australia, Brazil and the U.S., with Google being particularly active. One notable feature of the global hyperscale data center footprint is that despite a major ongoing push to locate new operations in countries around the world, the US still accounts for 44% of major cloud and internet data center sites.

The next most prominent locations are China, Japan, and the UK, which collectively account for another 20% of the total, says Synergy Research. The four leading countries are then followed by Australia, Germany, Singapore, Canada, India and Brazil, each of which accounts for 3-5% of the total. The 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.