Cologix has opened for business at its second data center in Vancouver, adding 15,000 square feet of inventory at 1050 West Pender Street. The new colocation facility and Internet exchange aligns with Cologix’s business strategy of providing network neutral internet access in growing second-tier cities. This is Cologix’s fourth new build in the last 13 months.
“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.”
The facility is green and designed for efficiency. It leverages air-side economizers and a hot air containment system that takes advantage of the cool Vancouver climate. The data center is supported by N+1 cooling, redundant UPS and N+1 generators. Six fibre networks in the building can be accessed through Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room, and there are dark fibre ring connectivity options to the local carrier hotel six blocks away at 555 West Hastings.
The first phase of the build-out has already been successfully commissioned, including space for 200 cabinets. As of the March 25 opening date, 25 percent of phase one has already been sold.
The facility is Cologix’s eighteenth data centre in North America and eleventh in Canada. The expansion was initially announced last July.
Vancouver is Canada’s third largest market, home to more than two million residents and a plethora of technology companies. Vancouver has been a hot spot for film production as well, subbing for more expensive city locations, so there’s a booming creative industry as well.
Vancouver is an important market for Cologix. The company believes the market is underserved in terms of network neutral colocation options downtown.