"Toronto Canada’s largest city and center of wealth and commerce, and the fourth largest city in North America now holds the bragging rights as host to the largest peer-led data center conference in the world, DatacenterDynamics.
On Nov. 13, 2013, the event gathered industry professionals from around the globe to participate in dynamic discussions about such topics as server and user virtualization, cloud services and related infrastructure, outsourcing and managed hosting, IT automation, networking upgrades, data storage and more.
“Toronto continues to be a major market for the data center industry, and has much to recommend it: a re latively cool climate, low cost of energy with abundant hydropower and natural gas, an educated workforce, and a relatively low disaster risk profile,” the event website states. “Toronto also has the highest rate of growth among established markets for server virtualization and storage upgrades, and new telecom and financial data centers coming online. There are many reasons why Toronto plays such a critical role in North America, and at this year’s Converged Toronto, we’ll examine them in depth.”
Savvis to Open Toronto Data Center
In part as a response to the booming data center market in Toronto, CenturyLink‘s company Savvis announced recently its plan to expand its Canadian presence with a new Toronto data center, slated to open in the summer of 2014.
“Toronto holds international status as a leading center of business across industries that rely on secure, agile IT services to grow and innovate,” said Ash Mathur, regional vice president and country manager for Savvis’ Canadian operations. “This data center signifies our commitment to powering businesses in Canada through world-class infrastructure services, complemented by advanced solutions for big data, business applications, content management and e-commerce initiative for Canadian and global organizations.”
The new Toronto data center was designed with the increasing Canadian demand for colocation, cloud services and managed hosting in mind. It will be roughly 100,000 square feet and capable of supporting as much as 5 megawatts of IT load, according to the company. It will also receive the Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute, which means it will provide high availability to customers with the use of redundant infrastructure.
Savvis pointed to recent research by Vanson Bourne that found that 70 percent of Canadian IT leaders plan to outsource a significant majority of their infrastructure to colocation facilities and managed hosting providers within the next five years. This supports the strategic move by Savvis to open a facility in this prime locale. Savvis operates more than 55 data centers across the globe, amounting to a combined 2.4 million square feet of raised floor space in Asia, North America and Europe.
“As we expand our global data center footprint, experience shows our clients expect more than one type of infrastructure service,” said David Meredith, senior vice president and general manager at Savvis. “We have designed a broad portfolio to drive greater business value through carrier diversity, interconnectivity and our Savvis ClientConnect service, which lets organizations promote services, drive efficiencies and generate new opportunities with others inside the data center ecosystem.”"