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London Takes the Crown but the United States Dominates the Top Ten Colocation Data Center Markets in the World

13 February 2017
Cloudscene Ecoystems Featuring US

Five US cities made the cut for the most dense and connected data center markets in the world as part of Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top 10 Colocation Ecosystems.

With more than 5,500 data centers and 4,500+ service providers listed across 110 countries, Cloudscene dove head first into its global market data to uncover the standout regions when it comes to both data center density and connectivity.

The United States is by far the largest data center market in the world, so it was no surprise that five US cities made the cut for Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top 10 Colocation Ecosystems. However, it was Europe that dominated the top three spots and Sydney made an appearance at number eight thanks to Australia’s considerable growth over the last three years.

The 2017 Global Top 10 Colocation Ecosystems:

  1. London
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Frankfurt
  4. Washington DC area
  5. Paris
  6. Bay Area
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Sydney
  9. Dallas
  10. Chicago

Interestingly, the only global service providers that operate in all ten of the above ecosystems are Equinix, Digital Realty and Verizon. And with Verizon agreeing to sell majority of its data center business to Equinix for a cool US $3.6bn in cash this year, we can expect to see this shrink to just Equinix and Digital Realty. A particularly dominant place for both companies.

With 2,091 colocation data centers, 1,641 cloud service providers and 44 network fabrics at the time of publishing; the United States dominates based on size and connectivity. Further detail on the scoring for the US cities that made the 2017 ranking are detailed below:

Cloudscene Ecosystem Ranking US Market Total PoPs  Total Data Centers Cloudscene Ecosystem Score
#4 Washington DC Area 932 115 1,047
#6 Bay Area 734 104 838
#7 Los Angeles 752 84 836
#9 Dallas 578 107 685
#10 Chicago 569 83 652

Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top Ten Colocation Ecosystems are ranked based on a combined data center density and connectivity rating. Specifically, the total number of colocation facilities and the total number of Points of Presence (PoPs) across all colocation data centers within each respective market are combined to generate an overall score.

For more data on all data center markets simply search the world’s largest cloud directory – it’s free.

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