Cloud

Data Center Sector Remains Stable in Uncertain Times

As we publish the latest update to our Data Center Research Service, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to turn the global marketplace on its head.

Network and data center services have never been more critical to connect a world in relative isolation. That's why we supplemented our 2020 data center site survey by asking global data center operators for their assessment of the pandemic's impact on their operations as of September 2020. (We shared some preliminary findings earlier this year.)

Here's the latest report.

Exploring the Cloud, Overland and Undersea

Where is the cloud?

 

Here's a very simple answer: Asia is home to the most cloud data centers (122) with the United States and Canada not too far behind (98). Together these regions account for 67% of the world’s cloud data centers, with Europe housing 23% and Latin America just 2%.

Sample Our Voice, Network, and WAN Research

We've made it to that slow and hazy last week of July. Seems like a good time  to shake things up and share some free research. 

Fact: you can sample the data that fuels blog posts like this and this and this. Keep scrolling to browse report content that's currently available to download at no cost. 

How to Connect to the Cloud

A simple broadband connection to the internet remains one of the most common ways to access cloud networks and services. But as these services and architectures evolve, so do the ways companies can connect.

Today we're sharing our guide to connecting to cloud services from our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure service. (For more on cloud service providers and related geography, jump over to our interactive Cloud Infrastructure Map.)

What to Know About Connecting to Your IaaS Provider

Around three in four enterprises that responded to our latest WAN Manager Survey reported having more than one infrastructure as a service (IaaS) partner. Azure and AWS were easily the most frequently cited by participants; 60% were using one or both of these providers.

With this in mind, how are enterprises connecting to their IaaS providers and why would you select one method over another? And what's the global geographic distribution of cloud providers looking like these days?

Mapping The Cloud Provider Ecosystem

It's a big week for map resources around here.

Allow us to add one more into the mix: our new, free Cloud Infrastructure Map.

2Africa is Coming

Lots of submarine cable chatter this week around the announcement of 2Africa, the latest cable from owners Facebook, Vodafone, MTN Group, China Mobile, WIOCC, Orange, Telecom Egypt, and Saudi Telecom.

We pulled several stories about the Facebook-backed cable, what it means for connectivity in the region, and how much folks expect it to cost. Keep scrolling for more.

The COVID-19 Impact on Data Centers

In our research, we think a lot about the nature of interconnection.

And in our ongoing effort to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global networks, we wanted to highlight what’s happening in the nodes where interconnection takes place—data centers. 

We spoke with experts across the market to get a sense of how they’re working through the crisis. They gave us insight on how the situation is affecting demand, operations, supply, and new construction. 

WAN Service and Pricing Trends for 2020

The world of WAN services can seem like the Wild West to even the savviest of WAN managers. We try to bring some order to this world with our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure research service.

Have Prepaid Wireless Plans Lost Their Luster?

This month we're sharing posts on prepaid wireless plans, cloud computing, conference call technology, and worldwide mobile data usage.

Keep scrolling to enjoy our picks.