Austin, Tex.-based Digital Reality, a provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centre, co-location and interconnection offerings, recently announced the opening of its latest North American facility and plans for another in Europe.

YYZ12, the company’s third data centre in the Greater Toronto area, will be interconnected with redundant dark fiber paths to the company’s other facility in the nearby community of Vaughan.

Toronto, a release from the firm stated, is a “more critical market than ever as businesses recognize the growing importance of the region as one of the next major technology hubs in North America. In particular the city is a major hub of data attraction for financial services, banking and the insurance industries. The Data Gravity Index DGX™ reveals that the city is in the top 10 metros in terms of growth in data gravity intensity for these sectors through 2024.”

Meanwhile, in Europe, the company broke ground in Marseille for a new data centre that will be known as MRS4. Expected to offer up to 13.6 megawatts (MW) of customer capacity, the southern French city is the landing point for 14 submarine cable systems, and according to the release, will extend the “global reach of PlatformDIGITAL with low-latency connectivity options between the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.”

“Together these new capabilities in Toronto and Marseille represent a strategic milestone on Digital Realty’s global roadmap for PlaformDIGITAL in North America and EMEA,” said A. William Stein, CEO of Digital Realty. “Over the last 18 months since we announced our platform vision and strategy, we’ve introduced over 20 new data centre expansion projects around the globe. As enterprises across all industries rapidly shifted to digital business models during an unprecedented year, the global number of participants in our connected data communities more than doubled to over 4,000 organizations.”

Launched in 2019, PlatformDIGITAL is designed to enable organizations to "scale digital business."

The company said at the time that with the digital economy set to reshape both private and public enterprises across all industries, organizations recognize the need to transform their IT infrastructure so that they can operate ubiquitously and on-demand, informed by real-time intelligence.  

“Gartner predicts that by 2022, 60% of enterprise IT infrastructures will focus on centres of data, rather than traditional data centres,” said Stein. “As a result, there is a growing industry imperative to create new centres of data that reside between the core and the edge.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Morgan, vice president of services at the 451 Group said, “it is becoming increasingly clear that organizations are faced with a growing number of locations, applications and sensors, all generating information at the edge, and must find new ways to aggregate and optimize data exchange to survive.”

Findings from a study by 451 Group revealed that over 70% of enterprises plan to expand geographically within the next two years, which Morgan added puts “further pressure on their IT infrastructure.

“Deploying data hubs in professionally-managed multi-customer data centres will be one of the essential elements of a successful enterprise strategy to harness the value of this data by moving elements of IT closer to where it is being processed and utilized.”  

One week prior to the launch, the company signed a technology agreement with Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge platform and provider of edge colocation, edge interconnection and edge networking services.

Digital Reality now deploys Kinetic Edge Exchange in its facilities, which the two companies say is an ideal meeting place to extend connections to the edge.

“The Internet requires a new way to interconnect networks at the edge because edge applications demand an order-of-magnitude reduction in latency over the status quo," said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO.

“The Kinetic Edge Exchange offers a neutral host platform for exchanging data at the edge, making it possible to speed up internet traffic, reduce backhaul congestion and deliver low-latency services in a 5G world.”

Paul Barker