industry news US ACCOUNTS FOR ALMOST HALF OF ALL MAJOR CLOUD AND INTERNET DATA CENTRES New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that the US now accounts for 46 per cent of major cloud and Internet data centre sites. The next most prominent locations are China and Japan, with seven per cent and six per cent respectively. The three leading countries are then followed by Australia, Singapore, Germany, UK and Brazil, each of which accounts for 3-5 per cent of the total. The research is based on an analysis of the data centre footprint of 17 of the world’s major cloud and Internet service firms, including the largest operators in IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, search, social networking and e-commerce. In aggregate the companies now have over 230 major data centre sites. On average each of the 17 firms had 14 data centre sites. The companies with the broadest data centre footprint are the leading hyperscale cloud providers – AWS, IBM and Microsoft. Each has 40 or more data centre locations with at least two in each of the four regions – North America, APAC, EMEA and Latin America. Google, Oracle and Rackspace also have a notably broad data centre presence. The remaining firms tend to have their data centres focused primarily in either the US (Apple, Twitter, Salesforce, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo) or China (Tencent, Baidu). Previously Alibaba also was focused mainly in China but it has now opened data centres in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore. ‘Given that explosive growth in cloud usage is a global phenomenon, it is remarkable that the US still accounts for almost half of the world’s major data centres, but that is a reflection of the US dominance of cloud and Internet technologies,’ said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group.