Top 10: Data Centre Companies in the World 2024

Data Centre Magazine Considers Some of the Leading Companies in the Data Centre Industry as They Continue to Innovate in AI and Sustainability in 2024

The data centre industry is one of the fastest growing worldwide and is experiencing higher demands than ever before. In line with the rapid development of new technologies, data centre customers are looking to their providers for higher capacity and new innovations.

With this in mind, Dgtl Infra categorised the leading 250 data centre companies in the world. Decision factors for ranking include the number of facilities, commissioned power capacity in megawatts, portfolio size in operational square feet and cloud or colocation revenue in US Dollars.

Data Centre Magazine highlights the top 10 highest performing data centre companies in 2024 committed to expansion and innovation.

10. Telehouse 

Based in Europe, Telehouse is a major carrier-neutral colocation, information and communications technology (ICT) services provider. The company currently provides services across its 45 data centres in more than 10 countries across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

According to Dgtl Infra, Telehouse’s data centres span 560,000 square metres with ~900 MVA of power capacity. The company continues to expand its global presence, having opened a data centre in Thailand in 2022, as well as exploring newer data centre solutions such as heat recycling.

9. GDS Holdings

GDS Holdings Limited is a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centres in The People’s Republic of China. The company's facilities are strategically located in China's primary economic hubs where demand for high-performance data centre services is concentrated.

The company offers a range of mission-critical data centre services, including colocation, managed hosting and managed cloud services. Given the boost in AI and data centre innovation in the nation, GDS Holdings’ net revenue reached US$345.3m in the third quarter of 2023.

8. CyrusOne

Operating across the US and Europe, CyrusOne is a leading global data centre developer and operator, with a portfolio of more than 55 data centres in key markets around the world. The company is committed to providing its customers with the critical infrastructure they need to support their digital transformation initiatives.

The company is also a member of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, which aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of data centres to net zero by 2030.

7. NTT Global Data Centers

NTT Global Data Centers works to deliver large scale, build-to-suit wholesale data centre solutions as well as private vaults, dedicated cages and multi-rack deployments. The organisation supports hundreds of the top enterprises with meeting the requirements of their critical IT systems.

Operating in more than 20 countries, the company specialises in colocation products and network and connectivity solutions for data centres. In 2023, its parent company NTT Communications pledged to invest US$11bn on data centres over the next five years.

6. Digital Realty

Digital Realty is a real estate investment trust that owns, operates and invests in carrier-neutral data centres across the world. The company offers data centre, colocation and interconnection services and as of June 2023, boasts more than 300 facilities across 25 countries.

The company recently joined the Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association (APDCA) in January 2024 with the goal of engaging with governments to co-develop policies. The association hopes to strengthen the overall security and sustainability of data centres moving forward.

5. Equinix

Having been in operation for 25 years, Equinix has continually expanded as a business and has amped up its progress throughout 2023, having become one of the largest data centre providers in Europe with 248 data centres in 31 countries across five continents.

Equinix focuses on retail colocation and provides services to multiple customers with smaller individual power capacity requirements within the same data halls. At the end of 2023, it continued to commit to its expansion strategy by announcing a new data centre in Korea to help Korean businesses harness AI.

4. Meta

Meta’s data centres are a part of the tech giant’s global infrastructure that works to bring technologies and services to life. In line with its new sustainability strategy, the company’s data centres operate with 100% renewable energy and aim to focus on water conservation and restoration.

The company also aims to provide quality job opportunities for the local communities its data centre operates in, with 24,000 jobs and US$1.8bn in labour income supported thus far.

3. Google Cloud

Google is continuing to expand its global data centre presence, seeking out numerous sites around the world to develop interconnected data centres and support rising customer demand in an age of digital transformation. The company offers a wide range of services in its facilities, combining large drives, computer nodes organised in aisles of racks, internal and external networking, environmental controls and operations software.

As part of its recent expansion efforts, the company has announced a US$1bn investment into a new UK data centre to expand growth in the region, as well as contributing to the local community.

2. Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is the cloud computing service of Microsoft and is the second largest cloud service provider and data centre company globally. Currently, it works with numerous companies to expand their data centre capabilities in 62 cloud regions and 120 availability zones.

Globally, Microsoft Azure has more than 200 data centre facilities that are linked together by more than 175,000 miles of fibre optic lines. Numerous companies have utilised Azure in order to expand upon their data centre transformations, with Vodafone having most recently partnered with the company.

1. AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing service of Amazon.com, is the largest cloud service provider and data centre company worldwide. The organisation has 32 cloud regions and 102 availability zones in operation, with plans to launch 4 more cloud regions and 12 more availability zones.

According to Dgtl Infra, the data centre portfolio of AWS totals 33.5 million square feet, of which the company leases 18.0 million square feet (54% of total) and owns 15.4 million square feet (46% of total).

The organisation is continually innovating its designs and systems to protect them from both man-made and natural risks. In line with boosted demand for AI and cloud services, AWS has just announced a US$15bn investment into Japan to consolidate its cloud infrastructure.

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