Data centre operator leaderboard: Q2 2017 rankings

01 September 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

The most influential data centre operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia have been announced in Cloudscene’s lastest leaderboard findings.

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Cloudscene’s latest data centre operator rankings see Equinix extend its lead from the top half of the leaderboard, whilst competition is rife amongst the medium-sized players.

The leaderboard rankings are based on data centre market density (number of facilities) and connectivity (PoPs), with the figures obtained from Cloudscene’s independent global database.

Cloudscene, the world’s largest directory of colocation data centres, cloud service providers and network fabrics, has revealed the top ten data centre operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia for the second quarter of this year.

Q2 leaderboard results

This quarter saw Equinix not only dominate all four leaderboards, but further extend its lead from the second ranked operator in every region.

Despite this, the strength of the top two market players was solidified this quarter as the overall scores for second in line – Digital Realty, Interxion, NextDC and SUNeVision – continued to grow.

Global Switch accompanied Equinix as the only other service provider to be ranked across more than two leaderboards, with third, fourth and fifth places in Oceania, Asia and EMEA respectively.

Selected from a pool of more than 5,300 service providers listed on Cloudscene, the results for Q2, 2017 provides industry insight into the operators with the most influence in the data centre market:

Numbers are based on the combined score of number of data centres and number of service providers within those facilities as at 23 June 2017. Cloudscene data is based on public information or information provided by the data centre operators. Any data centre operators that choose not to publish their facilities or service providers publicly are not able to be considered for current or future leaderboards.

The spread of connectivity for Q2, 2017 was centralised to North America and EMEA. Of the total 17,000+ points of presence (PoPs) managed by the ranked data centre operators, 43.10% of the PoPs were in North America, 39.63% in EMEA, 9.15% in Oceania and 8.11% in Asia.

Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery, who also founded Mergaport and Superloop, said: "We’ve taken independent industry data from the world’s largest database of colocation facilities and service providers, to provide a ranking of the data centre operators with the most influence in their region.

"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."

New entrants

Q2 changes also resulted in six new entrants, with Cyxtera, Netrality Properties, itconic, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, Macquarie Telecom and YourDC joining the leaderboard rankings.

Cloudscene also released a Fast 50 list of global organisations making an impact on the data centre sector. Based on growth, the Fast 50 companies are available via our latest blog post: Cloudscene Highlights the Fast 50 Tech Companies Based on Growth.

Marketplace launch

Slattery has also responded to market demands by establishing an independent online marketplace for the supply of colocation, IaaS, voice, cloud and internet services. "With Marketplace, Cloudscene is now able to bring buyers and sellers together, to close the gap and facilitate a smoother buying experience. Coupled with the network intelligence offered by the data on our connectivity directory, we’re able to provide a much greater support to enterprise buyers," said Slattery.

Cloudscene is now one of the world’s largest directories of colocation data centres, cloud service providers and network fabrics. In early August it launched an independent telecommunications marketplace for buyers and sellers of connectivity services, directly connecting enterprises to the 6,000+ data centres and 5,000+ service providers listed on Cloudscene. Cloudscene’s Marketplace is now open to the public. 

Topics: Cloudscene, Data centre operators, Data centre operator ranking, Capacity media, wholesale telecoms