Toronto Data Center Market Expands with Growing IT Demands

According to recent research, demands for Toronto data centers services are on the rise. To respond to growing customer needs, a number of businesses have launched computing facilities in this part of Canada, including Savvis, LoadSpring and Argosy.

Savvis Toronto Data Center: Responding to IT Demand
A recent Vanson Bourne survey showed that within the next five years, 70 percent of IT leaders in Canada plan to leverage third-party businesses for their infrastructure, colocation, managed hosting and cloud requirements. To provide resources for these clients and help facilitate the rapid deployment of hybrid solutions, Savvis last November announced plans to build its second data center in the Toronto area, the company’s fourth in the country.

The facility will be 100,000 square feet with the capability to support up to five megawatts of critical IT load. Savvis is utilizing Tier III standards for uptime, and is confident the data center will become certified once complete. David Meredith, Savvis senior vice president and general manager, said the company’s growing data center footprint illustrates customer needs for more than one type of infrastructure service.

“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,” Meredith said.

Argosy’s Phased Data Center Build
Arogosy Networks Corp. also announced the launch of a 40,000 square foot Toronto data center. The construction, which was announced Feb. 5, will be carried out in phases, the first of which is set to be completed this summer, making 200 racks available for customer requirements.

The facility will feature several redundant technologies to guarantee optimal service uptime, including multiple uninterruptible power supplies, an N+1 diesel generator backup system and a best-in-class cooling design. The data center will also be connected via 10 Gb links to Toronto’s telecommunication hub, providing carrier neutral access to more than 150 national and international network providers. The new structure will have the capacity to support up to 8 megawatts of critical load, and the company is currently leasing space to clients.

“Our new data center offers customers a scalable, reliable and cost-effective solution for enterprises looking to expand and reduce cost in the Toronto area while optimizing performance with direct, low-latency access to Canada’s premier telecommunication hub,” said Argosy president and CEO Harish Srinivasa.

LoadSpring Opens Toronto Data Center
Further illustrating the growing data center sector in Ontario, LoadSpring last December announced the opening of its fourth Tier 4 data center in Toronto. The new facility provides the necessary resources for regional customers with certain data housing restrictions as well as a wide range of disaster recovery options. The structure is also part of the company’s GlobalCloud network, a location-aware product allowing users to launch project management software in any nearby data center.

Company president and CEO Eric Leighton said the organization is working to expand its physical global presence in the data center market.

“The Canadian data center enhances performance for our enterprise customers while expanding our target market for our cloud hosting options,” Leighton said.

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