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The best colocation ecosystems around the world - Asia Pacific on the rise

09 Feb 2017

Cloudscene is the world's largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics.

Recently, the organisation has revealed its rankings for the 2017 Global Top Ten Colocation Ecosystems.

The team at Cloudscene had to sift through more than 5,400 data centers and 4,500+ service providers listed across 110 countries to get the final result.

Self-proclaimed serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery, says they decided to dive head first into Cloudscene’s market data to uncover the standout regions when it comes to 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 of its cities made the list,” he says.

“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.”

Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top Ten Colocation Ecosystems are ranked based on a combined data center density and connectivity rating.

More 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.

Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top 10 Colocation Ecosystems are as follows:

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

According to Slattery, the dominant global players in the data center sector are Equinix, Digital Realty, Global Switch, CenturyLink, NTT, AT&T and Verizon.

However, just Equinix, Digital Realty and Verizon operate in all ten of Cloudscene’s 2017 Global Top 10 Colocation Ecosystems.

“We expect there will be some movement in next year’s ecosystem rankings as the Asia Pacific market continues to be the fastest growing region for the data center industry,” he adds.  

“So it’s likely that we’ll see more APAC cities make their way to a top ten spot.” 

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