DCN September 2016 - Page 6

industry news Cloudscene launches comprehensive directory of data centres and cloud service providers Australian technology entrepreneur Bevan Slattery has announced the launch of Cloudscene, a comprehensive connectivity reference point for colocation data centres, cloud service providers and interconnected fabrics with the directory now available to the public. Cloudscene was established to improve industry transparency and consolidate the fragmented marketplace for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), colocation and other cloud solutions. With more than 4,700 data centres and 4,200+ cloud/Internet service providers across 110 countries listed, Cloudscene offers a robust platform allowing service providers to be found and freely analysed by prospects and customers. Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery said, ‘It’s been evident for some time that the traditionally long and difficult buying process for data centre and enterprise cloud services was not going to change. It was out of frustration that the concept of Cloudscene was born. Having invested significantly on these services myself, it became obvious that there was an information gap that needed to be filled.’ Digital Realty, Telstra, VentraIP, EU Networks, Megaport, Vocus Communications, Epsilon, Superloop and NextDC are just some of the service providers already actively using Cloudscene. 6 Record take-up in european data centre market in Q2 2016 Take-up of colocation space peaked at a record 35.5MW in Q2 2016 across the four major markets of London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris, according to CBRE. Driving this impressive activity were strong performances in three key hubs. The Paris market excelled with 7.4MW of take-up over the quarter. Whilst this figure is lower than that seen in London and Frankfurt, it represents greater take-up in the French capital than in 2014 and 2015 combined. London set a record for quarterly performance, with 15.5MW of IT power transacted, whilst Frankfurt reached 10.8MW. Take-up in Paris was driven principally by Data4 Group, which sold more than 6MW of colocation space in Q2 2016 at its Marcoussis campus. Given France’s two year downturn in performance, this is a significant turnaround. In line with CBRE’s 2015 prediction, the Paris market has returned to strength and is primed to benefit from the wave of demand from cloud service providers deploying IT infrastructure throughout the major hubs in Europe. In London, Gyron benefited from strong demand for space at its new campus facility in Hemel Hempstead and in Frankfurt e-shelter continued to see strong interest. Incidentally, these two companies are both owned by Japan’s NTT, highlighting their strength in the market. Andrew Jay, executive director in the Data Centre Solutions team at CBRE, commented, ‘It’s encouraging that in a quarter which ended with the UK referendum, the colocation market had its strongest ever performance from the four major markets in Europe. Two key factors aligned to produce such a remarkable quarter. We saw strong demand from corporate and enterprise clients as well as cloud service providers. Furthermore, a significant amount of space was pre-let, and contributed to our statistics, as individual buildings or phases became operational in Q2 2016.’ ENTRANTS AND NEW MARKET ENTRANTS FEATURE AT DATA