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Cloudscene, a directory of thousands of data centres and cloud and Internet service providers, has launched an exclusive cloud on-ramps feature providing global data on direct connectivity availability within colocation facilities.

Cloudscene founder Bevan Slattery says the company, which was launched last year, has now collated data for eight cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, Oracle Cloud, VMWare, Alibaba Cloud and Rackspace to provide a comprehensive look into the connections they offer within global data centres.

According to Slattery, the cloud infrastructure services market is projected to grow by 46% this year, reaching $55.8 billion and, in turn, the data centre industry is seeing a rise in demand from enterprise customers for private, direct connections to the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google among other major cloud providers.

“The demand for data is relentless and enterprises are experiencing incredible pressure to improve performance and deliver a consistent network experience. This is driving the surge in hybrid cloud strategies which allow companies to respond instantly to changes in business needs and scale rapidly.”

According to Slattery, of the 187 cloud on-ramps listed, AWS accounts for 32% with a total of 59 direct connections. Google Cloud holds a 21% share and is followed by IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure each with 16% – with the balance spread across the four remaining providers.

“This exclusive cloud on-ramps feature has been developed in response to user demand. It was apparent that locating data centres with the desired direct connections was both time-consuming and difficult to obtain. The market needed transparency and ease of access to cloud network data – so we have delivered it.”

Slattery says Equinix was the first data centre operator to provide a direct connection to a cloud network in 2010 and Cloudscene’s data reveals Equinix has the most private connections worldwide, followed by Coresite, Digital Realty, Global Switch and Cologix respectively.

The data also indicates there are five key colocation hubs that currently deliver more direct connection services than any other city worldwide – Washington DC at number one, Chicago at number two followed by Sydney in 3rd position and Dallas and London in fourth and fifth places respectively.

To search the Cloudscene data, for free, click here.


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