Hyperscale data centers doubled from 2015-2020: Synergy
Published 28 January 2021
The total number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers increased to 541 at the end of the second quarter of 2020, more than double the mid-2015 count, according to analysis by Synergy Research Group, a leading market research firm for the networking and telecoms industry.
Hyperscale, in the data center industry parlance, refers to fitting more IT equipment in less space. Over the past couple of decades, servers have become more powerful and data center designers have a better ability to maximize the amount of servers that are in a data center.
While the US still accounts for almost 40 per cent of the major cloud and internet data center sites from 2015 to 2020, the EMEA and Asia-Pac regions witnessed the highest growth rates, with China, Japan, Australia, India and Singapore among the ten most popular locations globally.
From the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020, new data centers were opened in 15 different countries, with the US, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and Bahrain having the largest number of additions.
Among the hyperscale operators, Amazon and Google opened the most new data centers in the last twelve months, accounting for over half of the total, with Microsoft and Oracle being the next most active companies.
Synergy research shows that over 70 per cent of all hyperscale data centers are located in facilities that are leased from data center operators or are owned by partners of the hyperscale operators.
John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group, said: “COVID-19 has caused some logistical issues but these are robust numbers, demonstrating the underlying strength of the services that are driving these investments. We have visibility of a further 176 data centers that are at various stages of planning or building, which is good news for data center hardware vendors and wholesale data center operators.”