Hyperscale operators are defined as giant companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google who need to deploy computing extensively. One might think that there would be a limited number of highly specialized data centers of this kind, but recent research by Synergy Research has shown that 2017 was a breakout year for new Hyperscale data centers around the world Slowdown in 2018.

Synergy reported that the year ended with over 390 web-scale data centers worldwide, with Google being particularly active . The Chinese companies Tencent and Baidu also built hypercomputer data centers this year. Still, the vast majority in the US account for 44 percent of the total. China is on the second path with 8 percent, followed by Japan and the UK at 6 percent each and Australia and Germany at 5 percent each. 24 Hyperscale companies each have 16 data centers. The largest companies will not surprise anyone if Amazon / AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google have at least 45 worldwide.

These operators often build their own equipment to cater to the specific needs of their customers immense computer requirements. By designing their own hardware and software, these companies can control every aspect of the computing experience to gain the maximum level of efficiency, which is critical to the massive scale of these organizations.

For this they need to be able to understand and manipulate every configurable element, which is usually not possible when buying devices from the shelf. Because of these unique requirements, it limits the number of companies that make this type of data center one of the largest technology companies in the world.

As these companies continue to grow in this exclusive club, they will continue to need an additional Hyperscale presence throughout the world, and Synergy reports that 69 additional facilities were in different stages of planning or construction, but not completed, when the year was closed. At the current pace, Synergy predicts that by the end of 2019, there will be over 500 worldwide.

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