Is Data Safer in Canada than in the US?
by Josh Anderson
TORONTO, ONTARIO – Strategies and bottom lines will change, but some things remain constant. And perhaps the most constant ingredient in the data center equation is the end-user. So CapRE’s Second Annual Canadian Data Center Summit included a panel titled The End-User Approach to On-Prem, Hybrid, the Cloud, and Tomorrow’s Compute Needs and Initiatives that honed in various topics affecting the decisions of end-users. Below is a transcription of part of that panel, moderated by Founder and CEO of CapRE, Brian Klebash.
Klebash: We’ve heard in other panels that data is safer here in Canada than in the U.S. do you agree or disagree with that?
Henry Franc, Technology Solutions Architect – Canada, Belden: I would agree with that, but I haven’t seen a lot of it. I would expect more of, as you guys talked about, having that balance play between jurisdictional regions. I haven’t been exposed to it, but I’m not saying that it’s not happening. we’re not seeing as much as I would have expected.
David Bruce, CEO/Cloud Architect, CloudProx: It is happening. it’s really interesting, the geopolitical aspects of storage and compute. A good example is Hong Kong. Originally Tokyo was the data center target for Asia, talking about incentives. Then the locus of the data center economy moved to Hong Kong, which was great a few years ago.
But now I’ve got clients who don’t want their data in Hong Kong data centers, because the continued or increased reach of the Chinese government and the potential to look at that data. And that’s going to drive data center activity to Singapore, or similarly, as mentioned earlier, what Brexit did to the London data center market. It’s not going to change for trading firms, but it will drive a lot of continental data to Germany as kind of the safe-haven.
What’s really interesting for builders and providers is the regionalization of the cloud environment. AWS and Azure are neck and neck, Google will be there soon. Their footprint is robust. Once they codify that they’ll be in this game. But the regional needs for data at rest are driving growth patterns. Now Malaysia requires data to only live in Malaysia. There aren’t a lot of data centers in Kuala Lampur, but the government knows that data centers are a great investment and they want to drive growth, using policy.
So it’s really, really interesting how all of this is going to play out. But the theme is that the hyperscale providers are building in reaction to this. You’ll see more and more cloud regions, and they can do it at scale for lower cost per megawatt than anyone else, and I think they’ll lead versus the traditional wholesale folks.