Cologix, an interconnection-focused data center operator backed by Stonepeak Infrastructure, today announced investments into two new data centers in Canada, expanding in the markets of Vancouver and Toronto. The company is scaling both inorganically with a purchase of a data center from Zayo and organically through a development.

Data Center Expansion in Canada – Cologix

Vancouver – Inorganic Expansion

Cologix has agreed to purchase an interconnection facility from Zayo Group in downtown Vancouver, Canada, located at 175 West Cordova Street. Specifically, the data center has 65k+ sqft of space, and Cologix plans to immediately invest in the site to create 4.2 megawatts of additional capacity. The Zayo site adds to Cologix’s three existing locations and 180k sqft footprint in the Vancouver market.

Additionally, Zayo will remain a key customer of the site, providing its fiber network connectivity solutions.

Toronto – Organic Expansion

Cologix also announced plans to develop its TOR4 hyperscale data center, in the city of Markham (Greater Toronto area), Canada, located at 105 Clegg Road. Specifically, upon completion, the facility will comprise 10 megawatts of power capacity and 50k sqft.

The data center offers diverse dark fiber connectivity between itself (TOR4) and TOR1, located at the city’s main carrier hotel. Additionally, TOR4 connects to major network service providers including Bell, Rogers, Telus, Zayo, Metro Optic, Cogent Communications, and Beanfield Metroconnect.

In Toronto, Cologix’s nine discrete data centers provide access to 160+ networks and 50+ cloud service providers. Also, Cologix hosts on-ramps for AWS Direct Connect, Azure ExpressRoute, Google Cloud Interconnect, Oracle FastConnect, and IBM Cloud Direct Link.

Interconnection Update – Cologix

Cologix is one of the largest colocation providers in Canada. The company offers low-cost, high bandwidth, direct connectivity to all major cloud service providers with speed, scale, and security to support edge deployments. In Canada, the company’s ecosystem provides connectivity to 200+ Canadian-based networks and almost 600 networks in total.

In 2020, Cologix generated 22% growth in interconnection in Canada. Specifically, this was driven by customer demand for access to cloud service providers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, and networks.

Particularly, the company’s growth is benefitting from demand for network capacity and interconnection. This demand is the result of companies in Canada increasingly utilizing public cloud services and having employees working from home.

Presence in Canada – Cologix

Over three years, Cologix has invested $500m+ Canadian dollars (~$400m USD) to grow its business in Canada. These investments include contributions to three different areas:

Cloud Gateways

Cologix is building and expanding data centers in Canada to serve the latency-sensitive applications of hyperscale customers. In order to fulfill this proposition, the company places itself in close proximity to meet-me rooms while simultaneously being near to customers at the edge.

Dark Fiber

Cologix has access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in Canada’s provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario. In turn, this dark fiber enables connectivity between Cologix’s data center campuses and to the cloud on-ramps that the company hosts in its data centers.

Cloud On-Ramps

Cologix hosts 13 cloud on-ramps to directly and privately access hyperscale cloud service providers. As a result, the company controls 75% of Canada’s direct cloud on-ramps at its data centers, including three in Vancouver with AWS Direct Connect, Azure ExpressRoute, and Google Cloud Interconnect.

Following Cologix, other major providers hosting important connectivity sites in Canada include Equinix, Allied Properties, and Polaris Realty.

Mary Zhang covers Data Centers for Dgtl Infra, including Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX), Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), CyrusOne, CoreSite Realty, QTS Realty, Switch Inc, Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), Cyxtera (NASDAQ: CYXT), and many more. Within Data Centers, Mary focuses on the sub-sectors of hyperscale, enterprise / colocation, cloud service providers, and edge computing. Mary has over 5 years of experience in research and writing for Data Centers.


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