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Canadian firms prefer using cloud service providers: IDC
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Canadian firms prefer using cloud service providers: IDC 

IBM, HPE, and CenturyLink were among the data centre operators which IDC found to be leading in this growing market.

The latest IDC MarketScape: Canadian Data Centre Operations and Management 2016 Vendor Assessment found that there is less corporate-run data centre in the country than there were back in 2014 and floor space allotted for data centres has shrunk by 7.5 per cent.

This doesn’t mean that data centres are not being built.

Over the past three years, Canada has seen a build out of over one million square feet of data centre space, and well in excess of 100MW of power added to the market, the report found.

IDC also found that over the past 24 months, the needs of a data centre have continued to increase. Data generated from corporate systems, mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) networks continue to grow at a pace of 50 per year per year. Digital technologies such as analytics, social business platforms, and high-performance computing are putting ever-increasing stress on the best-in-class data centres, according to the analyst firm.

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What’s happening is that Canadian companies are shifting their data centre loads to commercial hosting vendors that offer colocation, managed hosting, and cloud services.

“The direction of the market is very clear,” said Mark Schrutt, vice president, Services and Enterprise Applications. “CIOs and technology leaders are shifting away from corporate-run data centres and placing workloads at commercial providers and taking a cloud-first approach to new systems and software.”

According to IDC the leaders in this category are IBM, Telus, HPE, Cogeco Peer 1, Q(, Rogers, CenturyLink, Equinix, and OVH.

“Being recognised as a Leader in this IDC MarketScape is a continued validation of CenturyLink’s commitment to our Canada-based customers,” said Ash Mathur, regional vice president and country manager for CenturyLink’s Canadian operations.

CenturyLink has four data centres across Canada – two in Toronto, one in Montreal, and one in Vancouver. The company provides hybrid IT solutions across colocation, managed hosting, cloud, network and IT services.

Some of CenturyLink’s Canada data centres have already obtained the Uptime Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval . The company’s Toronto data centre also has Tier III facility and Tier III silver operational sustainability certifications.

SunGard, Bell, Long View, Carbon60, CentriLogic, Cologix, Shaw, 4Degrees, and TeraGo, were placed by IDC in the Major Players category.

The current trend makes for a very lucrative but competitive marketplace.

“Right now the majority of businesses are not shifting wholesale to the cloud, but migrating towards a combination of data centre and cloud technologies, which opens up a large but competitive marketplace to data centre operations and cloud vendors in Canada,” Schrutt said. 

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