Equinix leads in colocation market, ahead of Digital Realty

Colocation market leaders
Synergy Research Group has revealed the colocation market leaders during the first quarter of 2017.

Equinix is the leader in the global colocation market, accounting for 11 percent worldwide revenues in Q1 2017. The report covers both wholesale and retail colocation markets.

Digital Realty, the second largest company in the colocation market, has 7 percent share.

NTT has 6 percent market share in the colocation market.

KDDI/Telehouse has 3 percent in the colocation market.

A group of operators that each has a 2 percent share – including China Telecom, CenturyLink (now Cyxtera), CyrusOne, Global Switch and Interxion.

Across the two major market segments, Equinix/Verizon would have had a 17 percent share of retail colocation, while Digital Realty/DuPont Fabros would have had a 31 percent share of the smaller wholesale segment.

Equinix and Digital Realty will have more market share after completing their deals.

Equinix has completed the acquisition of 29 major data centers from Verizon.

Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros will complete their merger later this year.

The two M&A deals are focused almost entirely on the US market and will increase substantially US revenues for both Equinix and Digital Realty. The merged Digital Realty/DuPont Fabros will maintain a narrow lead over Equinix/Verizon in the US.

The colocation market continues to expand steadily across all regions, with APAC having the highest growth rate. The major countries with the highest growth rates were all in the APAC region – China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

Across the major regions, Equinix was the leader in EMEA, ranked second in North America and third in APAC.

Digital Realty was the leader in North America and NTT the leader in APAC.

“The aggressive growth of hyperscale data center operators and other cloud and hosting companies is helping to drive demand for data center footprint across all regions, while many enterprise customers require their data center operators to span multiple metros and countries” said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group.

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