United States of America Overview

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United States of America

The United States, officially the United States of America or also known as America, is a coalition of 50 states, a federal district and five major self-governing territories. Operating as a federal republic, America is a stable, democratic and culturally diverse country with a population of over 321.42 million and an internet penetration rate of 75% (241.06 million internet users). The republic covers nine different time zones creating it’s own unique challenges to the technology sector.

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of America is over US $18 trillion and with a contribution of 7.1% from the digital economy, America’s data center industry is thriving. Besides American data centers, the digital economy includes 121.991 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 382.307 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

America contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in America are:

The United States is well connected to Europe and Asia-Pacific with submarine cables extending from five primary markets on the East Coast and four primary markets on the West Coast. There are 2,100 American data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located on the Atlantic Seaboard. Large carrier neutral American data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 1,867 service providers.

American Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in America are:

  1. LA1 (One Wilshire)
  2. Denver
  3. DC2
  4. 56 Marietta Street
  5. 60 Hudson Street

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in America are:

  1. Level 3 Communications
  2. Digital Realty
  3. Verizon
  4. XO Communications
  5. CenterServ

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in America are:

  1. Zayo
  2. Level 3 Communications
  3. Verizon
  4. AT&T
  5. CenturyLink

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and America has good coverage of the energy sector. America is energized by 14.8% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives American colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.15 and 1.80. The average PUE for American data centers is 1.39. American colocation facilities provide over 6112.04 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 2.16 kW to 22.00 kW.

Natural Disasters

The sheer vastness of the United States and expansive range of geographic features ensures that each data center, depending on where it is located, has a different set of challenges to overcome. The West Coast experiences earthquakes, flooding and the rare tornado while the East Coast can experience hurricanes, flooding and moderate earthquakes. The Great Plains has a high risk of tornadoes.

Service Providers

The United States’ communications industry is regulated by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Sprint
  • U.S. Cellular

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene American Facts

  • Total number of American data centers: 2,100
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 1,867
  • Total number of network fabrics: 48
  • Latest American data center added: Dexter Avenue Datacenter
  • Latest American data centers service provider: Dexter Avenue Datacenter

  • Number of certified colocation facilities in America: 139
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