About our DataBelow we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, relating to our data.
How is your data sourced?Our data originates from multiple sources, primarily:
- Operators: Data center operators and service providers use Data Center Map as a marketing tool, to promote their data centers, networks and services to potential clients. They have direct access to add and update listings.
- End-users: End-users send us tips and requests, about missing or outdated listings.
- External sources: We monitor multiple external databases, to identify missing or changed listings. They are automatically queued for manual review.
- Ongoing validation: We have automated systems in place, that review our listings to identify issues and queue them for manual review.
How complete is your data?As there are no regulatory requirements to register data centers in a central database, there are no complete resources available. All databases are based on voluntary data submissions and manually collecting data.
With our database dating back to 2007, we have one of the oldest and most comprehensive databases in the industry. Covering thousands of records on a global basis in this constantly changing industry, it is of course by no means 100% complete.
The database will always have missing listings as well as incorrect, incomplete or outdated listings. Most frequent reason for outdated listings is M&A.