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Network-neutral colocation data center company Cologix, a company with 28 interconnection hubs and 5 hyperscale capacity facilities across 10 strategic North American markets, has announced the opening of its new data center in Vancouver in the US (Cologix VAN3) with 5MW of power and more than 42,000 square feet of floorspace.

The VAN3 facility is located at 2828 Natal Street in Vancouver. It is one of the region’s largest network neutral colocation data centers with direct connectivity to the Cologix operated carrier hotel at 555 Hastings. VAN3 offers connectivity to Amazon Web Services Direct Connect, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, IBM Cloud and Oracle FastConnect.

To meet growing demand for additional capacity and “robust” interconnection at “the digital edge”, Cologix continues to expand its presence in Canada. Vancouver is the third largest colocation city in Canada, has a strong digital content and media industry and acts as a gateway to all Asian markets.

“Tripling our capacity in Vancouver, our VAN3 data center is a direct response to the growing demand for highly connected and scalable data center capacity from local digital media-intensive businesses and global cloud players,” said Bill Fathers, Chairman and CEO of Cologix. “Vancouver’s economy has been propelled by film production, content, gaming and high-tech companies as well as expansions of global SaaS, cloud and APAC hyperscalers. After VAN2 expansions sold out in six months, we responded by designing and delivering a new purpose-built facility to support high-density customers as they move workloads to the cloud and need direct access to hyperscale cloud providers.”

Energy-Efficient Data Center

Tethered to Cologix’s VAN1 Carrier Hotel, and VAN2, its “enterprise-grade” annex at 1050 West Pender, VAN3 provides a direct link to VAN1 with access via diverse, scalable metro fiber. VAN3 is about 7KM or about a 20-minute drive from the other data centers.

A Tier III design, constructed, and commissioned facility, VAN3 is a customizable data center, delivering an additional 42,000+ square feet to Vancouver in a 2-story facility with dedicated, diverse, below-ground fiber connections. It offers 5 MW of capacity for high-density colocation customer needs and up to 20 kW per cabinet with N+1 cooling, and a power system (generator, UPS and PDU) that ensures complete power chain diversity delivered on two independent cords at each cabinet.

Bill Fathers
“Tripling our capacity in Vancouver, our VAN3 data center is a direct response to the growing demand for highly connected and scalable data center capacity from local digital media-intensive businesses and global cloud players,” said Bill Fathers, Chairman and CEO of Cologix.

“VAN3 cements our position as the leading network and cloud interconnection provider in Canada,” added Mr. Fathers. “It has the unique ability to support data sovereignty requirements with our 16 data centers across Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.”

Designed for “ultra-efficiency” enabling the outside climate to cool the data center for the majority of the year, the chillers utilize frictionless, magnetic levitation compressors coupled with built in free cooling coils. Hot aisle containment systems are utilized throughout the data center to achieve a “best in class” PUE.

The VAN3 colocation data center is protected on all sides by a 12 foot K-rated fence, K-rated gates, 94 cameras inside and outside the facility, badge and biometric systems and 24×7 guards located in a highly secure security station with bulletproof protection that would ensure customer’s critical and confidential equipment and data is protected at all times.

VAN3 offers two Cologix Meet-Me-Rooms. The MMRs within Cologix’s colocation facilities provide access to 20+ unique network provider PoPs onsite and the Vancouver Internet Exchange (VANIX) at VAN1.

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