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COLO-D data centers meet the highest levels of IT compliance through a new SSAE 18, SOC 2 certification
COLO-D recently obtained SSAE 18, SOC 2 certification*. This important data security compliance milestone is based on a reporting standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SOC certifications are widely recognized in North America.
COLO-D is among the very first data solution providers in Canada to comply with SSAE 18, SOC 2 standards. While this certification gives clients the assurance that stringent controls are in place to reduce risks, it also provides COLO-D with a competitive edge and the opportunity to develop new markets.
The preferred standard
The AICPA established SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3 compliance standards in response to the rapid growth of businesses outsourcing IT services. Indeed, cloud computing and data storage are increasingly farmed out to third-party providers that need to be properly certified for dependability and security. SOC‑2 certifications are based on system security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and protection of personal information.
Committed to maintaining its leadership in the Canadian data center solutions marketplace through excellence in management and governance, COLO-D mandated Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to certify its data centers. The SOC 2 audit, performed on an annual basis, is designed to assess controls for operating system and procedure security and availability at COLO-D data centers.
Service above the rest
By attaining this certification, COLO-D demonstrates the utmost thoroughness in the design and implementation of control measures that meet security and availability objectives. This enhanced level of protection is especially valued by companies in the finance and health sectors.
“Being at the cutting edge, COLO-D wanted to achieve this high-level certification to address its clientele’s most challenging requirements, says Sébastien Pelletier, Vice President, Finance, Administration and Quality at COLO‑D. By making quality our chief concern and an integral part of our operations, we show the depth of our commitment to provide the safest and most effective data center solutions.”
* SSAE: Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements; SOC: Service Organization Control.
Deployment of a dark fiber network between COLO-D and the Internet exchange nodes in downtown Montreal
COLO-D strengthens its telecommunications offering with the addition of a redundant and diversified dark fiber network between its newly-commissioned second data center in the Greater Montréal area, COLO-D2, and the Internet exchanges in downtown Montreal.
COLO-D has entered into a strategic agreement with a telecommunications provider for the reserved and proprietary use of multiple dark fiber pairs. Two completely diversified paths are available.
With this new fiber, our customers will benefit from extremely cost competitive connectivity accesses that are recognized for their high performance, low latency and high availability.
This infrastructure allows large enterprise to benefit from a high level of security, flexibility and the benefits of accessing a private network without compromising security.
COLO-D connectivity solutions exceeds the expectations of large organizations that have highly specific needs in terms of traffic exchange, network interconnections and content sharing. COLO-D’s data centers also have many links to major telecommunications centers in North America.
By adding this infrastructure to its diverse range of telecommunications solutions, COLO-D strengthens its strategic position as a leading hyperconnected data center.
Level 3 Deploys PoP in COLO-D’s Latest Data Center
COLO-D has bolstered its telecommunications capabilities with the addition of a Level 3 point of presence (PoP) in its newly commissioned second data center in the Greater Montreal region. Level 3 Communications is a prominent telecommunications provider on the world scene renowned for its advanced performance, low latency and impressive availability. With the telecom corporation’s arrival, COLO-D clients now benefit from an even more competitive connectivity offering.