Cloud expansions, hyperscale, edge, M&A

  • April 15, 2019
  • Source: Philbert Shih

Things continued to move across the sector as public cloud and edge were among the top developments. 

The global cloud build out continues to push forward and there were a several expansions in a number of emerging markets. AWS confirmed it would build a new region in Jakarta, Indonesia along with an edge node in Colombia. Meanwhile, Google opened a new region in Zurich, Switzerland and confirmed plans to build additional regions in Seoul, Korea and Salt Lake City, Utah. Microsoft was also active in the past week as it revealed plans toexpand its data centre infrastructure in the UK

While the clouds were busy building, data centre operators continued to expand in strategic markets and there is a good chance these builds will be housing hyperscale clouds. AirTrunk expanded outside Australia for the first time as it secured financing for a hyperscale data centre in Singapore and in Europe, Colt DCS acquired a site in Osaka and DATA4 confirmed expansions in multiple markets – all for large wholesale deployments. 

The edge continues to gain momentum and we got some interesting data points on edge data centre deployments. The edge promises to ignite a certain degree of convergence, while bringing in new pieces to the ecosystem. The wireless sector is one of them andAmerican Tower stepped out and acquired a data centre operator

There was other strategic activity of note. In APAC, Exabytes continued to consolidate hosters in SEA, while Accenture did the same on the cloud consulting shop side of things. Technology and capabilities remain a key driver of M&A in all segments and GoDaddy picked up e-commerce technology with the acquisition of Sellbrite