SRG says that the 24 hyperscale operators together had 320 large datacenters in their networks in Q4 2016
Yet another research firm—this time respected niche cloud researcher, Synergy Research Group—has come out with data that shows hyperscale cloud service providers are consolidating their hold over the cloud services market.
However, Synergy’s classification goes beyond just AWS, Microsoft and IBM when it talks of hyperscale providers. The firm classifies 24 companies as hyperscale service providers, who, it says accounted for 68% of the cloud infrastructure services market (IaaS, PaaS, private hosted cloud services) and 59% of the SaaS market in 2016. This is up from just 47% of the share that they held in each of the two segments in 2012.
Hyperscale operators typically have hundreds of thousands of servers in their datacenter networks, while the largest, such as Amazon and Google, have millions of servers. SRG says that the 24 hyperscale operators together had 320 large datacenters in their networks in Q4 2016, with the big three each having more than 45 datacenter locations in at least two in each of the four regions—North America, APAC, EMEA and Latin America.
“The scale of infrastructure investment required to be a leading player in cloud services or cloud-enabled services means that few companies are able to keep pace with the hyperscale operators, and they continue to both increase their share of service markets and account for an ever-larger portion of spend on datacenter infrastructure equipment – servers, storage, networking, network security and associated software,” said Synergy in a release.