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Canada’s ROOT Data Center Adds GTT in Montreal Facility PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:20

ROOT Data Center tells us that that GTT Communications has established a Point of Presence (PoP) in ROOT’s Montreal facility, MTL-R2, Canada’s largest wholesale data center.

“Through GTT, ROOT Data Center customers now have more connectivity options,” comments AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “Companies throughout North America, including top technology firms that have IT infrastructure in Canada, can now benefit from ROOT’s cutting-edge colocation services coupled with GTT’s internet and wide area networking services, including secure and private connectivity to leading cloud service providers.”

GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network is ranked in the top five worldwide and spans six continents, providing extensive reach across North America, Europe, and Asia. GTT’s new PoP coincides with growing demand for colocation services in Montreal, including major cloud providers and multinational enterprises that are attracted to Quebec’s business and economic opportunities.

“ROOT Data Center’s Montreal facility is located along one of the busiest routes for Internet traffic between Europe and the U.S.,” states Jeff Beer, GTT division president, Carrier. “With this new PoP, ROOT’s multinational customers are able to combine industry-leading infrastructure with GTT’s global reach to support their international business operations.”

Amazon is continuing its push into Canada by beefing up hiring and expanding its profitable data center business north of the border.

The internet giant will add 200 people to its Toronto office to work on sales and technology, taking total headcount to 800 in the city and 2,000 including warehouse staff across Ontario, the provincial government said in a statement Tuesday. It also set up local data centers in December for customers who don’t want their information stored on U.S. servers.

“We’re going to continue to listen to what our customers are asking us to do, to continue to invest in Canada,” Jeffrey Kratz, head of Amazon Web Services in Canada and Latin America, said in an interview in Toronto on Tuesday. “We’re just getting started.” Downtime is one of the costliest events for data center operators and their clients. IDC has reported that the average cost of an infrastructure failure is US$100,000 per hour. In the case of critical application failure that figure increases to US$500,000 up-to $1 million. For data center operators, an incident could severely damage the center’s place as a key partner with its clients – damaging their reputation and business in the long run.

Artificial Intelligence in the Data Centers

100% uptime is critical for data center operators. In order to maintain operations at their maximum performance, the traditional approach is to combine the expertise of a highly skilled engineers, a network of electronic sensors, and a support staff that monitor power and cooling infrastructure daily. Yet, despite this robust approach, the daily systems that monitor data centers are in fact compromised by the very people who physically walk the floors.

This challenge demonstrates the limits of maintenance monitoring currently in place in data centers – and this challenge only increases with scale and complexity. Testing each and every feature combination to achieve peak performance within the modern data center is simply not realistic. In an innovative move, in 2014, Google began utilizing artificial intelligence, to overcome this hurdle and track the appropriate variables and calculate maximum efficiency at its server farms. The algorithms developed from the data collected is now used across the globe by operations teams for optimal performance.

In recent years, the scope of AI has grown. Its enormous potential has led IT innovators to devise machine learning systems to address the biggest challenge for today’s data centers: uptime. One of these innovators is the San Jose-based start-up LitBit.

LitBit developed AI software that listens and learns to magnify the availability and reach of those teams physically walking the floors. These sensors, in turn, become a natural extension to the technicians walking the data center floor – adding a layer of automation with the potential to identify and solve a problem, and the ability to predict failures before they happen. ROOT will use LitBit’s state-of-the-art technology in 2018 to augment its core maintenance program and LitBit sensors are being installed this month.

ROOT Data Center facilities are characterized by advanced network infrastructure, scalability, low-cost, green energy solutions and strict security standards. ROOT Data Center provides an effective colocation solution complete with rapid deployment of high-density racks, a secure, carrier-neutral facility designation, as well as 55MW of power capacity to accommodate the growing demands of customers. At the forefront of the green revolution with free air-cooling systems and renewable hydroelectric power resources, ROOT also leverages the cool, Canadian climate for cost-effective energy efficiency.