Canadian Co-location/Managed Services Market Champions Push the Space to New Levels of Security, Cloud and Green Standards

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Savvis/CenturyLink, Q9 Networks, PEER 1 Hosting and Bell Business Services are named Champions of the Canadian Co-location/Managed Services Market by Info-Tech Research Group due largely to their advanced features.

As the market evolves vendor facilities such as power, cooling, security and standby power, become default. Advanced offerings such as biometric security, cloud services, and green initiatives like free cooling are the new differentiators.

The Co-location/Managed Services market has expanded from a niche market to a multi-billion dollar market in which integrators, large Telcos and even hardware vendors are fighting for a presence according to a recent Vendor Landscape report. The report released by Info-Tech Research Group, lists CenturyLink/Savvis, Q9 Networks, PEER 1 and Bell Business Markets as Champions in the Canadian marketplace and recognizes vendors that push traditional boundaries with security, energy efficiency, and the Cloud.

“As the market evolves vendor facilities such as power, cooling, security and standby power, become default. Advanced offerings such as biometric security, cloud services, and green initiatives like free cooling are the new differentiators,” said Darin Stahl, Lead Research Analyst for Info-Tech Research Group.

Savvis/CenturyLink knocks the ball out of the park with their top-notch security capabilities, offering biometric palm scanners, person traps and surveillance cameras on and off-site. This recently merged vendor now has 48 data centers, a very large network and 1.9 million square feet of data center space. They are ranked as a market Champion in the report and are recommended to mid-large organizations that require advanced monitoring, metrics and security.

Q9 Networks, another Champion in the report, also provides excellent security along with some premium services. They focus on multi-level security which includes 24/7 on-site security guards, biometric access controls, and extensive video surveillance, guaranteeing safety of critical data. Located mainly in the Greater Toronto Area, Q9 operates 10 datacenters but does not offer any cloud services.

Fully Canadian-owned PEER 1 Hosting is another Champion in the report. The vendor boasts 17 data centers across North America and the UK giving clients the ability to expand services outside of Canada. The vendor strives for customer service excellence and intends to become a preferred vendor in terms of proactive customer service and engagement practices.

Traditionally known as a Telco provider in Canada, Bell Business Markets also ranked as a Champion in the report. With their reputable network and power reservation model which ensures customers have room for expansion, this vendor has aspirations to lead the market. They are increasing their reach with expansions in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Markham, Ottawa and a new facility in Quebec.

For the full list of Info-Tech Research Group’s recommendations for selecting a Canadian Co-location/Managed Services vendor, visit: http://www.infotech.com/research/ss/vendor-landscape-canadian-co-location-providers.

Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

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With a paid membership of over 8,000 organizations worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group (http://www.infotech.com) is the global leader in providing tactical, practical Information Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech Research Group has a thirteen-year history of delivering quality research and is North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm.

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