Data Centers Found Primarily in the U.S., China
The two leading countries are followed by Australia, the U.K., Japan, Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands, according to the Synergy report.The United States now accounts for 44 percent of major cloud and Internet data center sites, followed by China, which accounts for 10 percent, according to a report from Synergy Research Group. The two leading countries are then followed by Australia, UK, Japan, Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands, each of which accounts for between 4 and 5 percent of the total. The research is based on an analysis of the data center footprint of 13 of the world’s major cloud and Internet service firms, including the largest operators in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), search, social networking and e-commerce. In aggregate these operators now have almost 150 major data center sites, and on average, each of the thirteen firms had eleven data center sites.
"The hyperscale cloud operators will keep on increasing their data center footprint and adding more sites in more key countries – it improves their growth potential by providing a local presence, increasing quality of service through faster response time, and overcoming local regulatory issues around location of data and data processing facilities," John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, told eWEEK. "Scale will also increase at current facilities. There is no doubt in my mind that the U.S. and China will maintain a strong lead."