Colocation in smaller, local data centers appears to be making something of a comeback in our discussions after a great deal of hype around cloud had many people I spoke to wondering if there was any future for Colocation and any future for smaller Colocation facilities like ours in the GTA.
Canada151 Data Center Inc. entered the Toronto / GTA colocation data center market a little over 5 months ago, providing reasonably priced, high tier standard uptime, connectivity and security, from a convenient 12,500 sf location 15 minutes from downtown.
While we don’t have the name brand recognition of the big guys, we offer similar uptime due to our 2N infrastructure, all priced at a fraction of the cost of our biggest competitors. We do not, and do not intend to, provide cloud services (or any other managed services) although we have customers and partners that do provide cloud and a range of managed services.
Our sales efforts have generated a number of comments that have pointed to an ongoing need for Colocation in local (Edge) data center’s, including:
- We need to be close to our End Subscribers
- We want a Colo “partner” that we can grow with as our needs change.
- We want a face that we know and a voice at the end of the phone that we trust to support us.
- We want a Colo partner that can be flexible and accommodate non standard requests.
- We are not really ready to go to full cloud computing so a Hybrid ready Colocation site is important.
There is also the growing recognition that cloud may not the most cost efficient solution for all applications (please see my prior posts).
In addition, I came across a recent DCD article, entitled Postcards From the Edge, that does a good job of highlighted the need and role of Edge data centers, basically distributed data centers, smaller in size than a typical mega cloud build, that exist to solve application specific issues such as latency, network congestion etc.
Other factors driving the popularity of smaller local data centers include ease of access to mission critical applications in the event of an outage, and transparency concerning data residency issues (Do You Know Where Your Data Is?). Local data centers are also excellent choices for disaster recovery and back up, minimizing travel time to what is a “remote location”, again to facilitate ease of access for IT staff.
Smaller local data centers can be the ideal solution for medium and smaller sized businesses, providing the security, connectivity and uptime (if redundantly constructed and maintained properly). You must do your due diligence of course and physically confirm at least a 2N power and connectivity configuration, architecture that will provide the uptime that you need.