Network-neutral interconnection, ecosystem and hyperscale edge data center company, Cologix, has deployed a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute onramp at its VAN1 interconnection hub in Vancouver’s primary carrier hotel at 555 West Hastings Street. It’s the third Azure ExpressRoute onramp Cologix has deployed in the Vancouver area.

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“We are fortunate to offer Microsoft onramps in our major markets across Canada – Montreal, Toronto and now Vancouver,” said Laura Ortman, President & Chief Revenue Officer, Cologix. “Direct and private connectivity to hyperscale service providers like Microsoft is pivotal to support digital transformations, delivering services to end users at the digital edge to seamlessly access solutions and services. This private, dedicated access to Azure ExpressRoute and Microsoft services provides customers with faster, more reliable, and more secure access to build and scale infrastructures and support disaster recovery with up to 100 Gbps connectivity and lower network costs.”

“Customers can also access ExpressRoute via Cologix Access Marketplace, a virtual, on-demand solution,” added Ortman. “It enables Cologix’s customers to dynamically provision services through a single connection and an easy-to-use portal.”

The new onramp in Vancouver supports private connections to Azure, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Azure ExpressRoute would provide key benefits to enterprises looking to build hybrid cloud environments, including:

  • Private connections that bypass the public Internet
  • Lower latency by traversing the shortest path to the Microsoft Azure
  • Predictability and optimized speed when leveraging Azure ExpressRoute
  • Scalable, densely connected and customizable colocation opportunities

“Our collaboration with Cologix allows us to connect customers privately, predictably and securely to deploy and manage their hybrid cloud infrastructures,” said Ross Ortega, Partner Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft. “We’re expanding Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connections in Vancouver to support the growing market demand for services at the digital edge alongside Cologix’s local interconnection hubs, its dedicated ecosystem and its data center platform.”

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“This private, dedicated access to Azure ExpressRoute and Microsoft services provides customers with faster, more reliable, and more secure access to build and scale infrastructures and support disaster recovery with up to 100 Gbps connectivity and lower network costs,” said Laura Ortman, President & Chief Revenue Officer, Cologix.

Just commissioned, Cologix’s VAN3 customizable data center is located at 2828 Natal Street. The new interconnection hub delivers 5 MW of power for high-density customer needs and up to 40 kW per cabinet across 42,000 square feet of data center space. With 100% green, renewable energy, VAN3 offers N+1 cooling, redundant UPS systems and N+1 generators. Designed for ultra-efficiency, VAN3 offers hot air containment system that enables the outside climate to cool the data center for the majority of the year.

At the Harbour Centre, Cologix’s VAN1 facility operates the primary Meet-Me-Room (MMR) in Vancouver, enabling connectivity to 20+ unique networks and direct access to the Vancouver Internet Exchange (VANIX). VAN3 and VAN2 at 1050 West Pender Street are connected via high-count fiber to VAN1.