Toronto Round-Table: Can Toronto Play the Latency Game?
by Josh Anderson
TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Toronto data center market is pretty idiosyncratic. It’s got an arena that doesn’t really mirror any other in North America – but you can understand what’s going on under the hood pretty easily with a subtle pop. That’s why CapRE kicked off our Canadian Data Center Summit in Toronto with a round-table discussion about the ins and outs of this particular region. Below is a snippet of that panel, titled Greater Toronto Data Centre Market 360: What Firms are Actively Developing, Investing & Why?
Moderator Scott Harper, Associate Vice President, CBRE Limited: You’ve all mentioned power and you’ve mentioned land. You’ve not mentioned latency and you’ve not mentioned resiliency. Does Toronto have good offerings for both latency and resiliency for their sites? Or is that something that’s still being developed?
Chris Moon, Managing Director, ING Telecom Infrastructure Group, North America: On the wholesale side – and I can only speak on the wholesale side – it’s not so much of a factor for the wholesale community. I mean, fiber has got to be there but on the pecking order of what we have got to deal with, that doesn’t even appear on the list. The restrictions that you have in front of you to be successful in a market like we have, it’s a lot to deal with.
Strahan McCarten, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Center: You’re right. On the wholesale side, these are customers who know how fast the speed of light is. And they can figure out how quickly they can get from A to B. They’re using your location actually to improve their overall performance, from sometimes an Edge location, a storage node or a compute node, for various Cloud service. And on the resiliency side, I would say that it’s really up to the individual customer.
I don’t think there’s a problem with it, in so far as, if you’re a customer and you want Tier III or Tier IV, you will find a provider to build that for you. I don’t think Toronto overall has a resiliency problem.
Todd Raymond, CEO & Managing Director, fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty, LLC: When we did our numbers on the facility, one of the key aspects was the latency to get to 151 Front St. and from there, the interconnection was really up to the individual customer. But definitely for us, when we’re involved in facilities in metro areas and connecting back to the carrier hotels, it certainly is part of both our diligence and our sales marketing.
Banner Photo: Scott Harper, Associate Vice President, CBRE Limited; Chris Moon, Managing Director, ING Telecom Infrastructure Group, North America; Strahan McCarten, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Center; Todd Raymond, CEO & Managing Director, fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty, LLC