Montreal Colocation Attracts Global Attention as Next Generation Data Center Opens

MONTREAL, March 11, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - ROOT is pleased to announce the construction of its next generation colocation facility, that will offer the world's cheapest colocation at a price 30-70% less than its local and international peers. "We are building a world class facility without the world class price tag. The facility will help position Montreal as an innovative leader in the colocation space as it will be the first facility of its kind to offer retail customers wholesale pricing". Said CEO, Jason van Gaal. The best of breed facility will be located in Montreal, Canada and meet or exceed all of the specifications of local competitors including;

  • Tier 3
  • Carrier neutral
  • 30kW+/rack high density cooling
  • 500+ server racks
  • 5MW of power

The experienced management team, led by CEO Jason van Gaal, former co-founder and COO of Ottawa's only Tier 3 colocation facility, Granite Networks, has financed the 20M facility through private investors and strategic partners. "While the facility will not officially open to the public until September 2014," explains Jason van Gaal, "ROOT has put in place a first of its kind, subside partnership program that will enable our clients to deploy their equipment at our low price point immediately. This program is important to us as it ensures that small, medium and enterprise businesses receive the best pricing without delaying their deployment by 6 months."

Montreal was selected from a wide number of cities after detailed internal analysis of the North American colocation market, and consultation from industry accredited research. The city provides a unique opportunity for colocation providers to disrupt the way global colocation services are provided. Montreal is one of North America's most connected cities and offers access to North America's second lowest cost and most reliable green power provider, Quebec Hydro.

Thanks to the geographic location and innovative green cooling technology, ROOT is able to offer colocation services for less than the cost of power. "By using a next generation green cooling technology, the first of its kind in Montreal, we are able to consume 50% less power than our nearest local competitor. This unique competitive advantage combined with rates negotiated with Quebec Hydro, will enable us to provide colocation services at a price point 30% less than our nearest local competitor, and 70% less than competitors in Ontario, and other states and provinces." said CEO Jason van Gaal.

ROOT also intends to work with the local municipalities to put in place a technology innovation program to help drive investment in information and technology into Quebec from provinces and states across North America. "ROOT will only provide colocation services, which means we will not compete with our existing managed service and cloud provider peers. We intend to use this strategic market positioning and our wholesale price point to work with the Quebec government and partners to attract the more than 500 SMB cloud providers across North America into Montreal" said Jason van Gaal. This innovative program should create 100's of direct local jobs over the next 2-3 years and position Montreal as a cloud innovation leader.

About ROOT Data Center
ROOT Data Center is a disruptive, next generation data center colocation provider that offers colocation services for less than the cost of power. The $20M Tier 3, carrier neutral, 5MW, 500 server rack facility is strategically located less than 15 minutes from downtown Montreal and the airport. ROOT will be the first data center provider in Montreal to deploy a next generation cooling technology that allows ROOT to offer services for 30-70% less than existing providers.

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