Magazine roundup: Top 100 data centre companies

Data Centre Magazine takes a look back at its Top 100 companies in the data centre sector for 2023

With continued transformation and a commitment to advancing technology and sustainability, these companies are long-standing industry veterans providing innovative solutions. Our selection includes the likes of AWS, DataBank, Ark Data Centres and more, acting as a tribute to their achievements and innovations this year.

Below, we round up the top 10 of our Top 100 companies in 2023. For the full list, follow the link HERE.

10. Iron Mountain

Founded: 1951

CEO: William Meaney

Iron Mountain Inc. is an American enterprise information management services company founded in 1951 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company currently serves 170,000 customers in 37 countries.

Its data centre arm operates a global colocation platform that enables customers to build tailored, sustainable, carrier, and cloud-neutral data solutions. The company leads the industry in highly-regulated compliance, environmental sustainability, physical security, and business continuity.

Iron Mountain is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as IRM, part of the S&P 500 and the Fortune 1000. 

9. SAP BTP

Founded: 1972

CEO: Juergen Mueller

SAP is a German multinational software company that develops enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. The company’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent and sustainable enterprise. 

As a market leader in enterprise application software, SAP’s Business Technology Platform (BTP) helps companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best, with SAP customers generating 87% of total global commerce. To minimise the negative impact of its internal and external data centres, SAP-owned data centres run with 100% renewable electricity. SAP also achieves a ‘green cloud’ by investing in high-quality, EKO energy-certified Energy Attribute Certificates to foster renewable energy generation.

8. IBM Cloud

Founded: 1911

CEO: Arvind Krishna

Technology corporation IBM was founded in 1911 and specialises in cutting-edge cloud computing solutions. The company has established itself as a leading player in the technology sector, offering cloud services tailored to meet the unique needs of customers. 

The company caters to a broad range of businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals across industries including healthcare, finance, retail and manufacturing. 

IBM Cloud’s notable USPs include its robust infrastructure and the company's extensive network of data centres enables seamless integration and efficient data management. Its range of advanced tools like AI, blockchain, IoT and data analytics help its customers unlock new opportunities.

7. Meta

Founded: 2004

CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

Meta’s network of global data centres helps bring its technologies and services to life, along with future immersive experiences like the metaverse. Operating numerous data centres globally, in locations like the United States, Ireland, Sweden and Singapore, Meta’s facilities utilise cutting-edge technology and energy efficiency. 

The company is committed to playing a positive role and investing in the long-term vitality of the communities in which it operates. With its data centres among the most efficient in the world, Meta is focused on renewable energy, efficiency, eliminating waste, boosting employee wellness and incorporating greener products.

6. Oracle Cloud

Founded: 2016

CEO: Safra Catz

Oracle Cloud provides the full breadth of business cloud services, including storage and applications. Its services have grown hugely in recent years, placing it amongst the long-standing industry giants. The cloud technology company provides organisations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective.

In addition, Oracle Cloud created the world’s first – and only – autonomous database to help organise and secure its customers’ data and offer higher performance, security, and cost savings.

From non-profits, to large companies, millions use ORacle Cloud solutions to streamline supply chains, make HR more human, pivot to a new financial plan and connect data and people worldwide.

5. Equinix

Founded: 1998

CEO: Charles J. Meyers

A key industry player for 25 years, Equinix works to enable digital leaders to harness a trusted platform that brings together an interconnected foundational infrastructure that powers its success. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, the multinational company specialises in internet connection and data centres. 

Equinix is also a leader in global colocation data centre market share, with 248 data centres in 27 countries on five continents. The organisation interconnects industry-leading organisations such as finance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, government, healthcare and education across a digital-first world.

With its ecosystem, Equinix is able to help fast-track competitive advantages across clouds, networking, storage, compute and software.

4. Digital Realty

Founded: 2001

CEO: Andrew Power

San Francisco-headquartered Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions. The company aims to enable its customers with the connected data communities that matter to them - with a global data centre footprint of more than 300 facilities in more than 50 metros. It also runs operations across 27 countries on six continents. 

Digital Realty’s ethos is to be the safe and open meeting place for companies, technologies and data of all shapes and sizes. The company is now looking forward to a new era of innovation made possible from the connection and exchange of both processes and people in data.

3. Google Cloud Platform

Founded: 2008

CEO: Sundar Pichai

Using the same infrastructure as Google end-user products, Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services. Google Cloud’s data centres are available in specific regions across five continents - with a region being a collection of zones. Its data centres are available in specific regions across five continents and, as of 2022, Google Cloud Platform is available in 34 regions and 103 zones. 

Google Cloud actively focuses on reducing its environmental impact through energy-efficient data centres, carbon offset programs, and sustainable practices and enables customers to run their workloads on a green and environmentally responsible platform.

2. Microsoft Azure

Founded: 2010

CEO: Satya Nadella

Founded in 2010, Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. With 160 active data centres in 60 regions around the world - more than any other cloud provider - the Azure cloud platform is now made up of more than 200 products and cloud services designed to help bring new solutions to life, solving today’s challenges and shaping the future. Its cloud services include compute, analytics, storage and networking. 

Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, Azure’s robust infrastructure and comprehensive suite of services allows it to offer a secure and scalable cloud platform for deploying applications, storing data, and accessing computing resources.

The Azure platform, according to Microsoft, can be up to 93% more energy efficient than using a traditional enterprise data centre. The company has been carbon neutral since 2012 and is committed to being carbon negative by 2030, with a commitment by 2050 to remove all the carbon it's directly emitted since its founding in 1975.

1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Founded: 2006

CEO: Adam Selipsky

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services, in today’s world widely known as cloud computing. A prominent data centre company, AWS’ cloud computing allows the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. 

Over the last 17 years, AWS has grown and now boasts 200 products, with hundreds of thousands of businesses across 190 countries using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster - compared to the 150,000 developers who signed up to use AWS at its cloud computing inception in 2006. 

With data centre locations in the US, Europe, Singapore, and Japan, customers across a wide range of industries can take advantage of AWS’ low cost, elastic, open and flexible, secure platform. Notable AWS customers include NASA, Netflix and Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.

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