Building boom as hyperscale data centre count reaches 430

The number of large data centres operated by hyperscale providers increased by 11 per cent in 2018, spearheaded by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and IBM.

In reaching 430 by year end, new data from Synergy Research highlights Asia Pacific as an expanding market of growth, featuring most prominently in terms of new data centres that were opened.

Despite such growth however, the US still accounts for 40 per cent 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 per cent of the total.

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

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