Equinix of Candia?

Richard A Steenbergen ras at e-gerbil.net
Mon Nov 1 21:36:33 CDT 2010


On Mon, Nov 01, 2010 at 06:31:34PM -0700, Ryan Finnesey wrote:
> Equinix only has one center within Toronto.  Is there someone with a 
> larger number of centers across the country?

I'm assuming when you say "like Equinix" you mean a carrier neutral colo 
where you can buy from, sell to, and interconnect with other networks in 
an interesting fashion. If you're just looking for a place to stuff some 
servers, the answer will be very different.

Canada is an odd market, with relatively little competition between 
carriers (outside of a few locations), and most of the bandwidth 
controlled by a few large incumbents. The biggest and most interesting 
facility for carrier neutral services is 151 Front in Toronto, where 
nearly every bit in the region goes. Switch and Data (now Equinix) is 
one major colo and IX operator in the building, but there are many more, 
and a building MMR. Technically this makes it more like a 111 8th than 
an Equinix. :) In Montreal there is Canix (www.canix.ca), which operates 
multiple facilities throughout the city, and is the defacto standard for 
carrier neutral colo there. This is probably the closest thing you'll 
find to an Equinix. If there is anything interesting going on in 
Vancouver I haven't heard of it, but I don't know the market well enough 
to say for certain. Everywhere else is either too small to care about on 
a national scale, or is serviced by non-neutral colos (e.g. Peer1, etc).

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