Metro Optic deal boosts Cologix’s hyperscale capacity

11 March 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Cologix has expanded its Canadian data centre footprint after acquiring infrastructure provider Metro Optic.

This latest acquisition adds a new interconnection hub in downtown Montréal, located near Cologix’s MTL3 (1250 Rene Leveque) data centre, with connectivity between the two sites and also adds hyperscale capacity data centre in Markham, ON, just outside of Toronto, designed to Tier III standards with connectivity back to Cologix’s 151 Front Street MMR. Metro Optic’s Montréal interconnection hub is a key termination point for subsea cables and over 30 carriers to the Cologix ecosystem.

“We are thrilled to continue our investment in our Canadian footprint by adding an additional interconnection hub in Montréal and our eleventh data centre in that market. The metro dark fibre assets enable us to connect our entire campus there, and provide enterprises with low cost access to AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and Google Cloud. We are also pleased to be adding hyperscale edge capacity in Toronto, with unique connectivity to Cologix’s MMR in 151 Front Street,” said Bill Fathers, chairman and CEO of Cologix.

“This acquisition allows us to maximise the value and efficiency of our Montréal footprint by offering hyperscale capacity, access to robust interconnection hubs and now also the underlying infrastructure to connect those entities.”

In addition to adding data centre capacity the acquisition also strengthens the company’s ability to support its wholesale, carrier and hyperscale customers by providing diverse, high strand count dark fibre between their data centre campuses in Montréal and Toronto and to the multiple public cloud on-ramps that are hosted in existing Cologix owned interconnection hubs.

Cologix acquired hyperscale data centre provider, COLO-D, in December of 2018 combining a unique product of hyperscale edge capacity from their data centres with robust interconnection diversity from Cologix’s existing footprint of seven interconnection data centres throughout the city.

Michael Bucheit, CEO of Metro Optic, added: “We are excited to join the largest hyperscale and interconnection company in Canada. Cologix is closely aligned with our core vision to offer our customers extended geographic reach and hyperscale cloud access in key North American markets while maintaining network, data centre and carrier neutrality.”

The news comes after Windstream Wholesale announced in January that it was expanding its core network to Cologix’s MTL3 data centre in Montréal.