COLO-D Customers to Benefit from Zayo Point of Presence, Access to Zayo’s Global Network
Montreal – October 3, 2018 – COLO-D, the Canadian leader of wholesale data center solutions, announced today that Zayo Group will establish a new Point of Presence (PoP) at COLO-D’s D2 facility located in the outskirts of Montreal. In addition to the PoP, Zayo is also extending its fiber network into the D2 facility, providing COLO-D’s customers access to Zayo’s high-capacity dark fiber.
In addition to dark fiber, COLO-D customers will have access to Zayo’s lit solutions including wavelengths, Ethernet and IP, with pre-provisioned network connections. COLO-D customers also have access to CloudLink™ by Zayo, which provides direct network connectivity to public cloud providers including AWS, Azure, Google, and 50+ others at over 300 global on-ramps.
Zayo’s connectivity solutions provide predictable high-performance, with access across its extensive global network, which includes Pan-Canadian routes. As businesses continue to adopt cloud solutions to run their businesses, direct cloud on-ramps provide fast, reliable, high-capacity connections.
“Zayo is a leading global communications infrastructure provider and the addition of Zayo’s range of connectivity solutions further supports COLO-D’s data center solutions and capabilities. COLO-D’s access to Tier-1 connectivity enables us to meet the expectations of large international enterprises who have specific needs for peering, network interconnections and content sharing. With the ability to provide access to Zayo’s CloudLink, we will continue to offer our global client base the very best infrastructure solutions to meet and exceed their requirements,” stated Patrick David, CEO and president of COLO-D.
COLO-D designs, develops and operates flexible, cutting-edge data center solutions for Industry leaders worldwide. Clients include Cloud Providers, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies, Gaming and many other large enterprises. Backed by expert engineers with unmatched expertise, COLO-D delivers wholesale data center solutions able to meet the ever-evolving technological needs of today and tomorrow’s biggest organizations.
Another Important Financial Institution Chooses COLO-D’s Drummondville Facility
Montreal – August 2, 2018 – COLO-D, the Canadian leader in wholesale data center solutions, is proud to announce the arrival of another national financial institution at its D1 facility in Drummondville.
“Our data centers are a neutral ground for large enterprises to connect their critical digital assets to the world via a vast network of top tiered telecommunications providers. D1 has become a hub for banking and other financial institutions, as well as, butt service providers when it comes to designing a geo-clustering solution”, says COLO-D’s Executive Vice President, Engineering and Client Solutions, Daniel Laurin.
D1 is a strategically located facility that is powered by 20 MW of clean and renewable hydroelectricity. A combination of exceptionally reliable power, as well as, the availability of butt onramps and fiber networks provides the perfect environment for major players in the domestic and international digital scene.
D1 is situated within 2 km of Hydro-Québec’s main data center and is powered by the same substations. Their looped grid is electrically isolated from the rest of the North American power grid, making it redundant and safe from disturbances and outages that may occur on neighboring systems.
The distance between COLO-D’s data centers from Toronto, New York and Montreal makes them the ideal choice when developing a geo-clustering strategy. The optimal distance between the two COLO-D sites also means that they are ideally located to replicate, synchronize and fail-over crucial inter-site data in an infrastructure that is in different climatic and seismic zones.
Since its inception, COLO-D has developed strong partnerships with banks and insurance companies, mainly because of its strategic locations and its ability to meet the most stringent customer requirements. Its sites are highly coveted by numerous large enterprises, including many Fortune 500 companies.
COLO-D designs, develops and operates flexible, cutting-edge data center solutions for Industry leaders worldwide. Clients include Cloud Providers, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies and many other large enterprises. Backed by expert engineers with unmatched expertise, COLO-D delivers wholesale data center solutions able to meet the ever-evolving technological needs of today and tomorrow’s biggest organizations.
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.