Number of hyperscale data centres to reach 1,200 by 2026

The hyperscale sector will continue to grow over the next five years, surpassing the 1,000-mark by 2026, finds new research by Synergy Research Group

The global hyperscale data centre market is predicted to grow even further in the next five years. This is according to the latest research from Synergy Research Group, which shows that the number of hyperscale facilities operating across the globe could reach 1,200 by 2026. 

The research is based on an analysis of the data centre footprint and plans of 19 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, including the largest operators in IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, search, social networking, e-commerce and gaming. According to Synergy, the companies with currently the broadest data centre footprint are the leading cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. Each has 60 or more data centre locations with at least three in each of the four regions – North America, APAC, EMEA and Latin America.

The United States currently accounts for almost 40% of operational hyperscale data centres and half of all worldwide capacity. By a wide margin, it is also the country with the most data centres in the future pipeline, followed by China, Ireland, India, Spain, Israel, Canada, Italy, Australia and the UK.

With a current known pipeline of 314 future new hyperscale data centres, the installed base of operational data centres will pass the 1,000 mark in three years’ time and continue growing rapidly thereafter, Synergy research said in a statement. 

Hyperscale growth to drive capex and data centre spending 

“The future looks bright for hyperscale operators, with double-digit annual growth in total revenues supported in large part by cloud revenues that will be growing in the 20-30% per year range. This in turn will drive strong growth in capex generally and in data centre spending specifically,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group. 

“While we see the geographic distribution, build-versus-lease distribution, average data centre size and spending mix by data centre component all continuing to evolve, we predict continued rapid growth throughout the hyperscale data centre ecosystem. Companies who can successfully target that ecosystem with their product offerings have plenty of reasons for optimism,” he concluded.





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