Of the 149 SaaS vendors we identified in our German Cloudscape, 50% operate their own infrastructure. The other 50% partner with a hosting provider. More than 80% of those have their production site hosted inside Germany (see Figure below).
The most popular hosting partners for German SaaS vendors are Hetzner (15%), Host Europe (12%), Amazon (11%) and 1&1 (8%). The remainder 54% is split across a wide variety of hosters (see Figure below).
Should you care where and with whom your data is located? Yes, you should. When evaluating SaaS vendors it is important to understand whether they own their own infrastructure, which hosting partner they have if they do not, and which data centres their own or hosting partner infrastructure is located in. As we wrote earlier, digital data depends on robust digital infrastructure. Also, you should know which jurisdiction(s), rules and regulations your data resides under.
Stay tuned for more analysis on the digital infrastructure market in Europe, there will be more to come!