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14 July 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Cloudscene has revealed the top ten data centre operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia for the second quarter of 2017.
The result sees Equinix dominate across all areas, holding
the number one spot in all four territories. Continuing to
further expand its lead from the second ranked operator,
following on from the Q1 results released back in April, where
Equinix were also leaders in the market, but with a narrower
Interestingly, the overall scores for second in line across
the board Digital Realty, Interxion, NextDC and SUNeVision,
also continued to grow and were held by the same four data
centre operators in Q1.
Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery said:
"Whilst we expect the movement to be minimal in the top half of
the leaderboard each quarter, what will be interesting to
follow is the change in the second half rankings where you can
see competition is rife. The scores are extremely tight and you
can really get a feel for how fierce the market must be between
the medium-sized players."
Global switch were the only other service provider besides
Equinix to be ranked across more than two leader boards. Its
currently holds third, fourth and fifth positions in Oceania,
Asia and EMEA respectively.
The Q2 data also introduced six new entrants to the board,
Cyxtera (6th in North America), Netrality Properties (9th in
North America), itconic (7th in EMEA), ST Telemedia Global Data
Centres (8th in Asia), Macquarie Telecom (9th in Oceania), and
YourDC (10th in Oceania).
The leader board is based on a combined score using density
(number of facilities) and connectivity (number of PoPs) to
determine the ranking, with figures obtained by
Cloudscene’s independent global
In comparison to the Q1 results in which 14,000+ PoPs
managed by the data center operators, 41.6% of the PoPs
were in North America, 40.4% in EMEA, 9.5% in Asia and 8.5% in
Oceania; the Q2 results show that 17,000+ PoPs are managed by
the ranked data center operators, 43.10% of the PoPs were
in North America, 39.63% in EMEA, 9.15% in Oceania and 8.11% in
In an exclusive interview with Capacity
Media, Slattery was asked about the progression of
Cloudscene and how all came about, commenting:
"Cloudscene came about because both the Megaport and
Superloop businesses, is about helping people but also carriers
and most providers within data centres connect with each other.
The problem was, there wasn’t anywhere that had
this information in a coordinated fashion. So really
it’s a true and free resource built up out of the
fact that I needed something like that and no one had one, so I
built it. And then I thought this is not just useful for me
it’s good for the industry. It was a tool that
started as a wish, a spreadsheet and a database."
In related news Cloudscene also released its Fast 50 list which consists of global
companies believed to be making an important impact on the data
centre market based on growth in areas of: new data centre
facilities, data centre expansions, data centre acquisitions,
company acquisitions, new PoPs and new cloud on-ramps or direct
connections to the cloud. Cyxtera was ranked as number one with
Equnix in at second place.