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Equinix tops global colocation leader boards on coverage and connectivity grounds

Colocation giant Equinix emerges as the one to beat in Cloudscene’s inaugural rankings of globe’s biggest datacentre service providers

Equinix has secured the top spot in four separate geographic leader boards, based on the number of datacentres and points of presence (PoP) the colocation giant operates worldwide.

The firm ranked first in all four of the top 10 leader boards published by colocation directory provider Cloudscene, which separately covered the datacentre markets of North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea), Oceania and Asia.

The rankings were compiled by sifting through publicly available data, pertaining to 4,900 colocation service providers worldwide, about how many datacentres and PoPs they operate.  

This information is combined to create a score, which is then used to determine where the providers should be placed in each region’s leader-board.

In all four regions, Equinix secured the pole position with a comfortable margin, while few of its competitors appeared on more than one of the geographic lists.

“Equinix has proven itself as a global datacentre leader, taking the top spot across all four leader boards. Global Switch also performed strongly, securing a top five spot in three of the regions,” the company said.

“In this quarter’s leader board, the spread of connectivity was centralised to North America and Emea. Of the 14,000-plus PoPs managed by the datacentre operators, 41.6% of the PoPs were in North America, 40.4% in Emea, 9.5% in Asia and 8.5% in Oceania.”

In a statement, Cloudscene said the process will be repeated over subsequent quarters in response to the growing demand for “independent and transparent” market data.

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“We live in a fast-paced world where there is an expectation that information will be at your fingertips 24/7 and, until Cloudscene, this wasn’t the case when it came to finding a colocation datacentre,” said the company’s founder, Bevan Slattery, in a statement.

“Now, we’re responding to market demands for neutral and independent data that helps with weighing up datacentre operators across important colocation regions.”

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