Companies thirsting for robust, network neutral colocation options in downtown Vancouver now have a new option. Cologix, a denver-based network neutral interconnection and data centre company, is opening its second Vancouver location today, providing an additional 15,000 square feet of inventory at 1050 West Pender Street (VAN 2).
As Canada’s third-largest market, Vancouver is home to more than two million residents and a rich base of technology companies built on a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In particular, the Vancouver economy has a booming film production, content and creative industries focus. However, local and national companies wanting to route additional business through Vancouver have found limited network neutral colocation options downtown. Cologix’s new facility was built to meet pent up demand and create a more efficient on-ramp to global networks and clouds.
“Vancouver is a growing and maturing telecom market. However, the lack of neutral data centre inventory has created artificial barriers for the development of the digital economy,” said Garth Wambolt, President, Optic Zoo Networks. “As a leading metro fibre provider in the market, we see that the new Cologix downtown data centre will significantly enhance the attractiveness of Vancouver for the digital industry and, in turn, benefit all network sellers.”
Phase 1 of the build-out has been successfully commissioned, including space for 200 cabinets supported by N+1 cooling, redundant UPS systems and N+1 generators. In Vancouver, green business is important, so the site is designed for ultra-efficiency, leveraging air-side economizers and a hot air containment system that enables the outside climate to cool the data centre for the majority of the year. Six fibre networks in the building can be accessed through Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room. Customers also have connectivity options to networks at the carrier hotel six blocks away at 555 West Hastings riding a low latency, dark fibre ring.
“Vancouver is a growing market within the global network traffic map. Similar to the other markets that Cologix serves, it’s an emerging technology region that requires a high level of connectivity,” said Grant van Rooyen, president and chief executive officer, Cologix. “We’re making a significant investment in Vancouver to address the void left by underinvestment in downtown data centre capacity and the consolidation of network neutral providers by carriers. A strong pre-sales period has validated the market need from both local and global firms.”
As of the March 25 opening date, 25 percent of the facility’s Phase 1 space has already been sold.
“Our leading expertise in diesel engines and generators is what attracts our mining, oil and gas, and power generation customers across Canada,” added Steven Miller, Information Technology Manager, Cummins Western Canada. “Our customers rely on us around the clock, which means our IT infrastructure needs to reliably deliver against that expectation. Cologix delivers a strong product with robust redundancy, which gives us confidence to focus our energy on our customers.”
1050 West Pender Street is Cologix’s eighteenth data centre in North America and its eleventh in Canada. The successful commissioning marks Cologix’s fourth new build in the last 13 months. Cologix is celebrating 1050 West Pender Street’s commission by hosting a networking event bringing together Vancouver’s service providers and buyers on April 23, 2014 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver.
In addition to its two Vancouver centres, Cologix also has locations in Toronto and Montreal.