The number of global super-large data centers rose to 541 by the end of the second quarter of 2020, more than double the number in the same period in 2015, according to the latest data from Synergy Research Group, a market research firm. EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the Asia-Pacific region still have the highest growth rates, although the United States still accounts for nearly 30%.
In the past four quarters, new data centers have been built from 15 different countries, with the United States, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and Bahrain adding the most, the report said. In addition, Amazon and Google have built the most new data centers in the past 12 months, accounting for more than half of the total, with Microsoft and Oracle second. Synergy research shows that more than 70 percent of the ultra-large russcale data centers are built in facilities owned by data center operators or partners of hyperscale operators.
The study is based on data from 20 major cloud and Internet service companies around the world, including SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, Search, Social Networking, E-Commerce and Gaming. The companies with the widest data center coverage are leading cloud providers — Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM — each with 60 or more data center nodes, and at least three data centers in North America, Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America. Oracle’s data centers are also widely distributed. The rest of the company’s data centers are concentrated in the United States (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay) or China (Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent).
John Dinsdale, chief analyst at Synergy Research Group, said: “In the last eight quarters, 100 new hyper-scale data centers have been operational, including 26 in the first half of this year. Despite the impact of COVID-19, such strong growth figures show the investment potential in the data center sector. In addition, 176 data centers are currently in the planning or construction phase, which is good news for data center hardware vendors and wholesale data center operators. “