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Cloudscene Launches Data Center Leaderboard Revealing Rankings for Q1, 2017

19 April 2017
Q1 Leaderboard Announcement


BRISBANE, Australia, 19th April 2017 – Cloudscene, the world’s largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics, has launched a quarterly leaderboard that ranks the top ten data center operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia.

The new leaderboard rankings have been introduced due to increasing demand for more transparency and independent data comparing major colocation service providers worldwide.

Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery said: “We live in a fast-paced world where there is an expectation that information will be at your fingertips 24/7 and, until Cloudscene, this wasn’t the case when it came to finding a colocation data center.

“Now, we’re responding to market demands for neutral and independent data that helps with weighing up data center operators across important colocation regions,” said Bevan.

The top data center operators are selected from a pool of more than 4,900 service providers listed on Cloudscene. A combined score using density (number of facilities) and connectivity (number of PoPs) is used to determine the ranking.

The results for Q1, 2017 are as follows:


North America Ranking Data Center Operator Overall Score*
1 Equinix 2,276
2 Digital Realty 1,449
3 CoreSite 715
4 Zayo 428
5 CenturyLink 366
6 Level 3 Communications 365
7 TierPoint 360
8 Verizon 341
9 Cologix 315
10 365 Data Centers 228

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Notable mentions:


EMEA Ranking Data Center Operator Overall Score*
1 Equinix 2,663
2 Interxion 1,471
3 Telehouse 604
4 Digital Realty 546
5 Global Switch 316
6 Level 3 Communications 265
7 Nikhef 124
8 Colt Technology Services 114
9 Orange Business Services 108
10 NXDATA 107

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Notable mentions:


Oceania Ranking Data Center Operator Overall Score*
1 Equinix 508
2 NextDC 304
3 Vocus Communications 103
4 AAPT 98
5 Global Switch 96
6 PIPE Networks 51
7 Datacom 42
8 Metronode 40
9 iseek 40
10 Data Centre Limited 39

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Notable mentions:


Asia Ranking Data Center Operator Overall Score*
1 Equinix 937
2  SUNeVision (iAdvantage) 231
3 NTT Communications 66
4 Global Switch 61
5 Netmagic Solutions 54
6 GPX Global Systems 48
7 Tata Communications 36
8 AIMS Data Centre 29
9 PCCW 26
10 CenterServ 24

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Notable mentions:

Equinix has proven Data Center Infographicitself as a global data center leader, taking the top spot across all four leaderboards. Global Switch also performed strongly, securing a top five spot in three of the regions.

In this quarter’s leaderboard, the spread of connectivity was centralized to North America and EMEA. Of the 14,000+ PoPs managed by the data center operators, 41.6% of the PoPs were in North America, 40.4% in EMEA, 9.5% in Asia and 8.5% in Oceania.

There were 33 companies that made the inaugural leaderboard, of which 55% were publicly listed companies. This number rose to 70% for North America and dropped to 40% for Asia.

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Global data center operators, Equinix, CoreSite, Global Switch, CenturyLink and Digital Realty were also ranked in the top five service providers with the most private and direct connections across all of their colocation facilities. Officially launching this month, Cloudscene will release exclusive cloud on-ramps data providing insight into the private and direct connections offered within colocation data centers around the world.

Data center operators can update their company data on Cloudscene to ensure the accuracy of their listings and improve their rankings for the next quarter’s leaderboard. Cut-off for Q2, 2017 is Friday, 23 June 2017.

For further comment, images or quotes, please contact Renée Harper, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloudscene.

*Numbers are based on the combined score of number of data centers and number of service providers within those facilities as at 31st March 2017. Numbers are subject to change. Cloudscene data is based on public information or information provided by the data center operators. Any data center operators that choose not to publish their facilities or service providers publicly are not able to be considered for the Q1, 2017 Leaderboard.

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  • Reply
    Brian Roe
    20 April 2017 at 12:44 am

    This is a good representation of the largest Data Centre Operators in each region, but if leadership in this space is a function of number of facilities and PoPs, there will be little opportunity to change and the data will become pretty stale pretty quickly. Surely other criteria could be a factor in determining leadership tables (such as range of services delivered, client satisfaction, uptime, cost etc. rather than simply looking at size?

  • Reply
    Pierre Col
    22 April 2017 at 7:54 pm

    What about Africa and Southern America?


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