Data Centre Influencers: Top 20 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

As over 90% of data in the world was created in the past 2 years, we need to look forward and consider what is the future for data centers worldwide and for those who invest in them. The influencers who generate conversations and comments require careful consideration as they comment or inspire all stakeholder examine new and emerging technological possibilities. The environment is changing as water levels increase, temperatures rise and environmental extremes may play a part as they occur more frequently. This has an effect on where we locate data centres and how we develop the equipment to respond to these challenges.

We have compiled the list of top 20 ‘Data Centre Influencers’ generated by using Twitter data pulled from the Twitter Firehose in 2016 for a keyword ‘cloud computing’. All tweets containing a keyword ‘data centre’ were extracted and the relationship between the users was generated using the @reply network with Google Big Query and the programming language R. This data was then imported in Gephi, which provides a graphical representation of the data centre community on Twitter. Page Rank and in-degree centrality were used to measure who were the most influential users.


  1. Insight SaaS Cloud (@InsightSaaSCloud)

A boutique analyst firm, and a unique destination site for IT and business managers interested in exploring the ‘why’ in enterprise technology. Their mission is “To help IT suppliers of all sizes to ‘grow the pie’ around complex solutions by bringing insight and information on IT solution issues to the IT/business management community and to the IT channel.”

  1. Sebastian Krause (@SebKrause)

General Manager for IBM Cloud, Europe. Responsible for leading, transforming and expanding IBM’s cloud business in Europe. Delivering superior client success and client experience as well as to expand IBM Cloud ecosystem. IBM Cloud brings together IBM’s Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service capabilities, IBM’s cloud software technologies for private and hybrid clouds, and the capabilities that are focused on the developers like DevOps and the MobileFirst platform.

  1. Microsoft (@Microsoft)

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Their mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and their customers thrive in this world.

  1. Telecompaper (@Telecompaper)

Telecompaper is a respected, independent market researcher and news agency focusing on the national and international Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector. Telecompaper provides its customers with information, insight, analysis and news. National and international businesses, organisations and government bodies use our information to make decisions across all organisational levels and to help develop their policies.


  1. Computer Weekly (@ComputerWeekly)

Computer Weekly is the leading provider of news, analysis, opinion, information and services for the UK IT community, and an advocate for UK IT professionals and the role of technology in improving organisations in all sectors of business and public life. On the web, on mobile and through face-to-face events, Computer Weekly aims to help senior IT professionals.

  1. Ark Data Centres  (@Arkdatacentres)

Ark Data Centres designs, constructs and operates the UK’s most efficient data centres. It has pioneered the use of free air-cooling, a unique monitoring system, real time dynamic cooling and load matching technology that gives its clients the lowest TCO along with the greatest operational flexibility. Dedicated to innovation, Ark’s modular, state-of-the-art sites in Hampshire and Wiltshire will be the largest in Europe and were the first to contractually guarantee power usage efficiency (PUE) for clients.

  1. Redstor (@Redstor)

For nearly 20 years, Redstor has been the Data Management & Security Company of choice for businesses and organisations looking for a trusted advisor to manage and secure their data. This experience, shaped by our community creates the world-class software underpinning Redstor’s Cloud Data Management and Security Platform.


  1. CloudTech (@cloud_comp_news)

CloudTech is a thriving community of professionals interested in cloud computing strategy and technology. Taking the best industry research and reporting from the frontline of cloud computing news, as well as feature contributions from companies at the heart of this revolution.

  1. Data Centre News TV (@datacentrenews)

Data Centre News TV offers new simple yet way powerful way to deliver video news highlights and PR to the Data Centre industry. It’s provided exclusively as a service for the UK’s flagship web journal and resource DATACENTRE.ME. The brand is jointly owned by Caroline Hitchins and John Allard. The aim is to provide the simplest possible way to get video content created and distributed to the right audience. DATACENTRE.ME and the video blog site and YouTube channel for DataCentreNewsTV.

  1. IBM (@IBM)

IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 375,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries.

  1. Oracle (@Oracle)

Oracle offers an optimized and fully integrated stack of business hardware and software systems. Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in data centres, from servers and storage, to database and middleware, through to applications.

  1. Amazon (@amazon)

Amazon strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. By giving customers more of what they want – low prices, vast selection, and convenience – Amazon continues to grow and evolve as a world-class e-commerce platform. Founded by Jeff Bezos, the website started in 1995.



  1. FIF London (@FIF_London)

The first forum took place at the Cass Business School in London in 2007 and since then it has become recognised as the premier annual international meeting point for investors, operators, professional intermediaries and legal counsel focused on the data centre and cloud sectors. Since the first event the market has increased some 200% in value. The objective of the one-day forum is to bring together stakeholders and players in finance and investment with cloud services, carrier neutral and carrier owned operational companies, government and regional investment authorities, property interests, and law firms to assess the market outlook and identify key opportunities.

  1. The Stack (@StackTime)

The Stack is the journalistic arm of CloserStill Media Ltd, providing genuinely independent news, feature articles and interviews in the fields of IoT, Security, Data Centre, Cloud and general technology news.

  1. IBM Cloud (@IBMCloud)

IBM Cloud provides organizations the flexibility, scale and simplicity required to store, manage and access today’s rapidly growing unstructured data in a hybrid cloud environment. Relied upon by some of the world’s largest repositories, our proven solutions turn storage challenges into business advantage by reducing storage costs while reliably supporting both traditional and emerging cloud-born workloads for enterprise mobile, social, analytics and cognitive computing.

  1. Cisco (@Cisco)

Cisco enables people to make powerful connections, whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible–providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.

  1. Amazon Web Services (@awscloud)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. As a result businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance.

  1. Xtravirt (@Xtravirt)

Xtravirt is an experienced consulting firm dedicated to delivering outcomes to help customers solve their IT challenges. They design and build strategies to help customers unlock the full potential of cloud, datacentre and workspace technology. Its core business covers digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, digital workspace and cybersecurity. Their services include advising strategy and direction, optimising and integrating technology and teams through to delivering end-to-end IT transformation programmes.

  1. Opine PR (@OpinePR)

Opine Media Group (OMG) provides Social Media Services for companies in High Technology and other sectors. The Company was founded by Gary E. Smith who has several years experience in the High Tech. Follow and join us at one of our many Public Opinion Boards:, Opine.Technology and Opine.Social.

  1. Stackmasters (@Stackmasters_eu)

StackMasters is a Cloud Specialist company founded in 2013, uniquely combining years of technical and business experience in technology from multiple perspectives, but carrying the enthusiasm of a cloud cutting-edge tech start-up. Its founders are specialists in cloud computing and have been following the evolving paradigm from different perspectives, since its beginning, wearing the hat of the provider, the consumer, the engineer and consultant, as well as the academic researcher.