Data center company Cologix, with facilities located in Ashburn, Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Vancouver, has acquired an interconnection facility from Zayo Group in downtown Vancouver, Canada, and plans to expand by another 50K square feet and 10 MW of power with the TOR4 hyperscale data center.

Cologix aims to invest immediately in the downtown Vancouver colocation facility, which is located at 175 West Cordova Street and has more than 65K square feet of space, to generate 4.2 MW of extra capacity. Zayo Group is dedicated to the Vancouver market and will continue to be a significant client at the location, offering network connection solutions to both Zayo and Cologix clients.

“Cologix is one of the largest colocation providers in Canada, with a particular focus on interconnection/carrier hotels,” said Jonathan Schroth, Research Analyst at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. “It has thus benefited from increased demand for network capacity and interconnection as Canadian and global companies alike shift to the new normal of having most employees work from home, as well as the strong demand for public cloud services and resulting need for datacenter space in Canada by cloud providers.”

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Photo Bill Fathers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cologix
“This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data center space is in short supply, fits into Cologix’s interconnection growth strategy,” said Bill Fathers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cologix.

With the TOR4 hyperscale data center, Cologix also announced intentions to grow by another 50K square feet and 10 MW of electricity. TOR4 offers varied dark fiber connectivity between TOR4 and TOR1, located at 151 Front Street in the city’s primary carrier hotel, near downtown Toronto in Markham. The new facility provides a variety of architectural options as well as the flexibility to expand in response to Canada’s expanding cloud edge.

Clients in Toronto may connect to 160+ networks, 50+ cloud providers, and cloud onramps to Amazon Web Services Direct Connect, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, IBM Cloud, and Oracle FastConnect, thanks to Cologix’s ecosystem.

These two additions to Cologix’s platform are the next step for Cologix to grow its network-dense ecosystem, which provides 200+ Canadian-based networks​ and almost 600 networks across Cologix’s footprint.

“We continue to invest in deep connectivity and scale in Canada in response to accelerated demand for cloud deployments at the network edge,” said Bill Fathers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cologix. “Today, Cologix hosts 75% of Canada’s direct cloud onramps at our data centers, including three in Vancouver with Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Amazon Web Services, and access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario. This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data center space is in short supply, fits into Cologix’s interconnection growth strategy by continuing to expand our Canadian footprint to support edge cloud traffic growth.”

Cologix has invested more than CAD $500 million in its Canadian platform over the last three years, including building and expanding cloud gateways with directly adjacent or annex peering hubs and hyperscale edge facilities, enabling dark fiber connectivity, and developing 13 cloud onramps to directly and privately access hyperscale cloud providers.

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