Cloud

Where Are the World's Cloud Data Centers and Who is Using Them?

TeleGeography’s Cloud and WAN Infrastructure details the international wide area network (WAN) services, cloud connectivity offerings, and cloud geographies of 170 WAN service providers.

Since the 2018 update is now available to our subscribers, we thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at who is connecting to the cloud and where cloud data centers are located based on our latest batch of data.

Mike Bisaha Talks Evolving Prices in Cloud Hubs, the 100G Factor, and Market Consolidation

Each January you can find the TeleGeography team at the Pacific Telecommunications Council annual conference. Our annual PTC workshop is our first opportunity of the year to share our latest research and analysis on international networks. (And it's where you might have seen some of our greatest hits, like our bandwidth and IP pricing rundown.)

This year, Data Science Manager Mike Bisaha is gearing up to share info on the pricing limbo in which wholesale circuit and IP transit prices have found themselves in.

The Telecom Stories That Dominated Our Blog in 2017

In 2017 you told us that you wanted to read about content providers, SD-WAN, internet capacity growth, and the submarine cable boom. So we wrote about those things!

We also covered the cloud, connectivity trends, network pricing, and much more.

As the year winds down, we pulled 10 of our most popular posts to capture the year in telecom. See if your favorite stories made the cut below.

WAN Summit London 2017, as Told by Twitter

This week our WAN-loving colleagues gathered across the pond for the 2017 WAN Summit LondonWe talked about the cloud, MPLS, the needs of enterprise customers, implementing hybrid networks, and why SD-WAN is about more than just cost savings.

This Blog Post Has Everything: Robots! North Korea! Cloud Computing!

This month we're reading about the state of artificial intelligence, connectivity in North Korea, content providers' submarine cables, and the curious new way Amazon Web Services will be charging customers. (A TeleGeography lineup if I've ever seen one.)

We've got all the stories linked below. Have at it.

Ever Googled “What is Colocation?” This Post is For You.

If you’ve perused the different topics we write about on the TeleGeography blog, there’s a chance you’ve stumbled upon our colocation content.

But what defines colocation?

AfPIF Roundup: Growing Intra-African Bandwidth, More Caches, and the Promise of Data Centers

Last week TeleGeography Senior Analyst Patrick Christian headed to the African Peering and Interconnection Forum, where he presented on the state of the continent's local traffic, their reliance on Europe, and the promise of new cloud data centers.

For anyone who couldn't be in Abidjan, we captured the highlights for you below.

The Data Centers Are Coming to Africa

About a year ago I spoke with Senior Analyst Patrick Christian about the local exchange of content in Africa. He gave me a crash course in capacity—how content providers in Africa generally host their content abroad because the cost to do so has always been much lower.

We talked caching, local exchange, and traffic.

With Patrick prepping for a presentation at the 2017 African Peering and Interconnection Forum, it was the perfect opportunity to check in. I got lots of updates about the state of local content, as well as the scoop on the big new story in Sub-Saharan Africa: the coming of the cloud.

How SD-WAN Helped Autodesk Hit Cloud Security, Efficiency, and Cost Goals

Autodesk, a 130-location multi-national software company, relies on the cloud to support many applications. This requires connectivity to the Azure, Office 365, and Amazon web services.

Until recently, all Autodesk locations relied on MPLS connectivity to a company data center.

Could South Africa Become a Cloud Hub for Africa? Patrick Christian Explores at AfPIF 2017.

Microsoft recently announced that it plans to bring two cloud data centers online in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

If other regions are indicators—like South America and Australia—other cloud providers could follow suit, making South Africa a cloud hub for Africa.