Montreal company opens made in Canada data centre

For Canadian companies concerned about data residency issues and keeping their information on our side of the border, a Montreal-based company has an answer.

Canadian Colo has opened a new 22,000 square-foot data centre in Montreal, in the city’s business district in the Montreal Stock Exchange Tower at Square Victoria. According to the company, the facility offers a range of high-performance, flexible, scalable, cost-effective hosting solutions. It notes the new facility’s reliability was recently put to a test when a recent major power outage hit Montreal; the office tower was plunged into darkness but the data centre continued to serve its customers without interruption.

“We’re very proud of what we have here,” said Thomas Bernier, head of sales for Colo, in a statement. “There’s nothing like it in downtown Montreal, even though there is a very real need for it. We wanted to offer our customers the latest infrastructure for connectivity, power supply, cooling, and fire suppression, in a state-of-the-art secured facility. We wanted to ensure our customers can rely on their data remaining secure and available, whatever the circumstances.”

Canadian Colo isn’t the only data centre operator betting on the Montreal market. In the spring, cloud backup vendor Intronis opened a data centre of its own in Montreal, citing untapped opportunity in the Canadian market and a desire by Canadian companies to keep their data within Canada.

“We’re starting a Canadian data centre because we were getting a lot of push-back on the Patriot Act. Customers don’t want data to cross borders,” said Neal Bradbury, company co-founder and vice-president of channel development. “Our Canadian data centre will allow us to service that market.”

Canadian Colo posted a video of its data centre operating during the Montreal power outage:

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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