BRISBANE, Australia, 31st January 2018 - Cloudscene, the world's largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics, has released the results of the Q4, 2017 Data Center Operator Leaderboard, and revealed the Fast 50 Markets to Colocate in 2018.For the fourth consecutive quarter, Equinix has dominated all leaderboard regions, retaining the number one position across the North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia markets. The colocation giant demonstrated its strength throughout the 2017 year, with Equinix’s overall leaderboard score growing 9.04% from Q1 to Q4, 2017. Second-placed Interxion also grew significantly, with a 24.67% increase in their EMEA leaderboard score since Q1, 2017.The final leaderboard for 2017 resulted in considerable movement due to the introduction of new eligibility criteria, which requires all leaderboard entrants to be carrier-neutral data center operators.Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery said: “Carrier neutrality is an area that continues to be of critical consideration in the colocation decision-making process. We need to focus on and celebrate data center operators and facilities that embrace customer and carrier access on a non-discriminatory basis. “Discussions with key members of the industry led to Cloudscene’s decision to only accept carrier-neutral operators for our quarterly leaderboard, while leaving the Cloudscene directory listings completely open and available to all operators.” The change has resulted in the exclusion of a small number of operators, which has paved the way for new carrier-neutral entrants. “Industry feedback regarding carrier neutrality has led to the removal of SUNeVision’s Mega-i and Mega Plus facilities in Hong Kong and all PIPE Networks and AAPT facilities for Q4, 2017, affecting Cloudscene’s Oceania and Asia leaderboards,” said Bevan.In addition to the neutrality criteria, data center operators are ranked according to data center density (total facilities in the region) and connectivity (total service providers across all data centers in the region). Selected from a pool of more than 5,800 service providers listed on Cloudscene, the results for Q4, 2017* are as follows:
Data center operators can update their company data on Cloudscene to ensure the accuracy of their listings and improve their rankings for the next quarter’s leaderboard. Cut-off for Q1, 2018 is Friday, 30 March 2018.Cloudscene encourages members of the industry to email email@example.com if any of the data center operators in our quarterly leaderboards are not operating carrier-neutral facilities.For further comment, images or quotes, please contact Renée Harper, Senior Marketing Manager, Cloudscene.* Results for the Asia Leaderboard were edited on 2nd February 2018. This was due to unverified operator connectivity data that required corrections by our team, which subsequently altered the rankings.NB. Numbers are based on the combined score of number of data centers and number of service providers within those facilities at the time of the close of data for the given quarter. Numbers are subject to change. Cloudscene data is based on public information or information provided by the data center operators. Any data center operators that choose not to or are unable to publish their facilities/connectivity data publicly and are therefore not reflected on Cloudscene's leaderboard.
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