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Data Center Matchmaking: Finding Your Dream Combo of Connectivity and Cost

By Jayne MillerJan 14, 2021

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🎶Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
Make me a match,
Find a facility
That's a real catch
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Knows what I need,
The most connectivity🎶 

That's what it can feel like when you know you want to move to a data center that houses cloud providers but there are over 4,000 options to consider. And hundreds of carriers–some you might have heard of, while other well-connected options are under your radar.

We have a new tool that can help.

Supported by millions of data points, the WAN Geography Benchmark offers detailed analysis of which data centers are the best fit for an enterprise’s preferences and locations. It offers customized recommendations for optimizing network architecture for the cloud through a methodology that ranks data centers based on priorities set by the enterprise user. 

For example, we developed a hypothetical scenario evaluating data center connectivity and cost using 10 global cities based on their prevalence in real multinational enterprise networks. Cities included were: London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, Sydney, and Mexico City.

In this scenario, Equinix FR5 (Frankfurt), Telehouse London Docklands West (London), CoreSite LA1 (Los Angeles), MEGA-I (Hong Kong), and Equinix HK 1 (Hong Kong) had the highest number of carriers present at their facilities. Equinix FR5 leads the segment with 166 carrier networks available and 37 cloud access providers, offering enterprises a hyperconnected hub for local, global, and cloud connectivity.  

“Each data center facility has its own unique characteristics and offers different advantages. Network designers and managers have over 4,000 data centers and hundreds of carriers to consider when growing their international presence."

“Each data center facility has its own unique characteristics and offers different advantages. Network designers and managers have over 4,000 data centers and hundreds of carriers to consider when growing their international presence. The WAN Geography Benchmark delivers bespoke scoring for each facility based on an enterprise’s individual requirements. It removes the complexity from decision making and enables enterprises to develop business cases with reliable and trusted data,” said Greg Bryan, TeleGeography Senior Manager of Enterprise Research. “We give enterprises the tools to understand the opportunity in each facility and build the networks they need.”

Top data center locations from this sample scenario—based on the model's scoring system, which takes into account distance (location within the metro area), carrier connectivity, cloud connectivity, and price—were: Coresite (in Los Angeles), SUNeVision (Hong Kong and Shanghai), TELEHOUSE (London), GPX Global Systems (Mumbai), and Equinix (London, Frankfurt, Mexico City, New York, and Sydney).

The WAN Geography Benchmark is powered by our extensive research into the geography of carrier point of presence locations, data centers, cloud regions and on-ramps, and global bandwidth pricing.

Read more about the service here or email our team directly for info on getting access.

WAN Geography Benchmark