Hyperscale data centre numbers increase by 11% in 2018 – report

The number of large data centres operated by hyperscale providers rose by 11% in 2018 to reach 430 by year end according to new data published by Synergy Research Group; with another 132 in the pipeline.

In 2018 the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions featured most prominently in terms of new data centres that were opened, but despite that the US still accounts for 40% of the major cloud and internet data centre 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 centres 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 centres in 2018, together accounting for over half of the total.

The research is based on an analysis of the data centre 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. On average each of the 20 firms had 22 data centre sites.

“Hyperscale growth goes on unabated, with company revenues growing by an average 24% per year and their CAPEX growing by over 40% – much of which is going into building and equipping data centres,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group.

“In addition to the 430 current hyperscale data centres we have visibility of a further 132 that are at various stages of planning or building. There is no end in sight to the data centre building boom.”

The companies with the broadest data centre footprint are Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. Each has 55 or more data centre 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 centre presence, and the remaining firms tend to have their data centres focused primarily in either the US (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo) or China (Baidu, Tencent).