How long does it take the world to build 100 hyperscale data centers? Lately, about two years.
The number of these massive facilities -- they house all our data,
serve all our entertainment, and power and cool the computing
infrastructure for applications our lives now revolve around -- is now
north of 500, says one analyst firm.
According to Synergy Research, which tracks the data center market,
the number crossed the 500 mark in the third quarter and reached 504. At
the end of 2017, Synergy was tracking 390 hyperscale facilities.
Different experts have different opinions on what exactly constitutes
a hyperscale data center. Synergy uses its own “scale-of-business
criteria” in assessing the size of company operations in various cloud,
e-commerce, or social networking markets, John Dinsdale, chief analyst
and research director at the firm, explained to us earlier. The
facilities are measured in tens of thousands of servers, he explained.
based its most recent research on analysis of the data center footprint
of 20 largest cloud and internet companies. These are the likes of
Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, but also smaller-footprint
operators like Twitter, eBay, Alibaba, and Baidu.
most of the 504 hyperscale facilities (40 percent) are in the US, the
highest rates of growth have been in Europe and Asia-Pacific. China,
Japan, the UK, Germany, and Australia now account for 32 percent of the
Amazon and Microsoft launched more than half of all new data centers
in the last 12 months. Google and Alibaba were “the next most active
companies,” according to Synergy.
The cloud and internet giants lease more than 70 percent of their
hyperscale data center footprint from commercial data center operators.
The research firm has another 151 data centers under construction in its
sights, Dinsdale said in a statement, saying there was “no end in sight
to the data center boom” and pointing out that this was good news for
wholesale data center operators and all the vendors selling equipment
that goes inside those facilities.
Kelly Morgan, an analyst who tracks the space at 451 Research, said
in a presentation during a recent conference that her team expected 2.5
million new equipment racks to be installed in both multi-tenant and
cloud-provider data centers, representing (conservatively), about $75
billion in data center construction investment.