Up-Close with Han Hwei Woo, Astute Internet, at CapRE’s Vancouver Data Center Summit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Connectivity may be the most important – and most defining – ingredient in the recipe for a good data center. But data centers are only one part of the larger eco-system that makes up our global infrastructure. That’s why CapRE includes a panel about connectivity at each of its data center summits, and the recent Vancouver Data Center Summit was no exception. “Flexibility of Growth in Connectivity: Analysis of Network Reconfiguration to Support Evolving Needs” included with a spotlight on panelist Han Hwei Woo, Founder of Astute Internet. Klebash: Let’s go to Han Hwei Woo, who is a global operator. How would you describe the most of connectivity here compared to other markets? Woo: I would say that more recently now, I think, we’re more competitive with the entrance of more transit carriers here in Vancouver. Ten years ago, I’d say we were probably about 5-6x, and 5 years ago maybe down to 3x. And five years ago, when global carriers started coming, we were getting costs comparable to other cities, the major hubs in North America. But the Canadian providers were still a bit more expensive. And now we see a bit more parity. This has always been one of our major goals – to drive connectivity through Vancouver. And now I’m proud to say that we are and costs are going down. Klebash: What would you say are the limitations to Vancouver? Woo: So…