Global Watch: Q9, Colt Announce Expansions

The interior of a Q9 Networks data center. The Toronto-based provider is being acquired by Bell Canada and a team of investors.

The interior of a Q9 Networks data center. The Toronto-based provider is expanding in Calgary.

Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the global data center industry:

Q9 expands in Calgary. Q9 Networks announced that it has opened a new phase of capacity at its largest suburban Calgary site. Over $190 million was invested on facilities in western Canada. The new Calgary build is the third in a series of planned expansions at the suburban site. Over 40 percent of the announced expansion has been already sold. All of Q9’s Calgary data centre facilities are interconnected with Q9’s data centres in British Columbia, providing customers with a range of business continuity options by leveraging multiple Q9 data centers. “We have been proudly serving the data centre needs of Albertans since 2002,” says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. “In that year, we opened our first facility and we’ve been building in Calgary ever since. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued success and ongoing commitment to meeting the growing needs of our many blue chip customers in Western Canada.”

Interxion London offers access via BT Cloud.  Interxion (INXN) announced that BT will offer a range of its BT Radianz services from Interxion’s City of London data center campus.  BT can also offer its BT Radianz Hosting services for remote management of customers’ network and IT inside the Interxion data center. Additionally Interxion’s customers can benefit from the availability of BT Radianz Venue Interconnect, which provides optimized low-latency connectivity between Interxion’s London campus and data data centers in five key financial centers – Milan, Stockholm, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. “Our customers demand fast, secure and reliable access to international trading venues, which are exactly what the BT Radianz Cloud delivers globally,” said Tom Regent, president global banking & financial markets, BT Global Service. “As the automated global trading community seeks ever-faster communication, the need for optimised low-latency access to execution venues and trading platforms is increasingly important.  We believe that offering access to BT Radianz Services from Interxion London will create many new business opportunities for both of our companies.”

Colt expands European network.  Colt announced a strategic expansion of its European network with the extension of its high-capacity infrastructure to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. This expansion follows the completion of a new low-latency route between Dublin and London last year, a key component of a multimillion euro, five year program of investment by Colt across Europe. “Cork is an exciting place for Colt because of its substantial potential to grow as a hub for large multinationals, particularly in the well-established ICT and pharmaceutical sectors. By extending our network to Cork, we’re making a strong statement of confidence in the region and its ability to prosper in the inward investment space thanks to its business-friendly environment and skilled workforce.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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