Thanks to increased concerns over data sovereignty that began with the implementation of The Patriot Act in the US, demand for data center facilities in Canada has steadily expanded. The latest provider of outsourced IT infrastructure services to join that fray is CentriLogic, which today officially opened a 28,000 square foot 1.5 megawatt data center in Mississauga, Ontario.
CentriLogic President and CEO Robert Offley said demand for data center services in Ontario is being driven by IT organizations based in Canada and organizations looking for a facility to service North American customers that is not physically based in the US.
“There’s a lot of demand for Tier 3 data center services in Canada,” said Offley. “It’s coming from not just companies in Canada, but also companies based in the US and Europe.”
As is the case with other CentriLogic data centers distributed around the world, the Mississauga facility will be used to provide a suite of managed hosting, colocation, cloud and advanced technology services to better service customers that are increasingly operating on a global level. Driving much of that demand, said Offley, is the simple fact that many organizations these days no longer want to bear the capital expense associated with building their own data centers.
What makes CentriLogic attractive to many of organizations, added Offley, is that many of them prefer not to do business with telecommunications carriers. As such, the number of alternatives that can operate data centers at a truly global scale is not very broad.
The CentriLogic facility has 7,000 square feet of raised floor space, with an additional 10,000- square-foot raised floor expansion planned for early 2016. Hot aisle containment PODS and traditional raised floor configurations will support both low and high power capacity deployments with power consumption rates of 20 kW per rack available.
In addition to meeting SSAE 16, SOC 2, PCI 3.0, and ISO 27001 & 9001 standards, Offley said CentriLogic is guaranteeing Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings as low as 1.1 within the Mississauga data center facility.
While competition across the data center hosting space is fierce around the globe, CentriLogic is clearly trying to attract more organizations that operate on a global basis. CentriLogic has approximately 70,000 square feet of data center facility space in the greater Toronto area as well as more than 140,000 square feet of data center space distributed around the globe.