Rogers introduces new Cloud solutions to save Canadian businesses significant costs

Rogers Public Cloud computes and stores businesses' data in Canada while simplifying their IT

TORONTO, July 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Rogers Communications launched Rogers Public Cloud, a new data sovereign, cloud infrastructure 'as-a-service' (IaaS) solution that lets businesses securely manage critical data, applications, servers, systems software and network resources over the internet. By removing the burden of managing dated IT systems and hardware, Rogers Public Cloud can save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital costs.

"As Canadian businesses produce and consume more data than ever before, many are looking to reduce pressure on IT teams and resources by moving to a cloud environment, however most solutions offered today are complex and cannot scale quickly enough to meet their needs," said Nitin Kawale, President, Enterprise Business Unit, Rogers Communications. "Unlike other cloud computing options in the market, Rogers Public Cloud offers customers a simple, data sovereign and cost effective way to manage their IT. This will ultimately free up time and resources so they can focus on their business."

Rogers Public Cloud gives customers access to computing and storage space in a shared cloud environment. Customers manage this virtual IT environment through a single web portal and have access to 24 x 7 support. To deliver this solution, Rogers has partnered with OVH, the European leader of cloud and Internet infrastructure1. Together, Rogers and OVH are providing a cost-effective, simple and competitive IaaS offering that gives access to the following benefits and services:

  • Data is securely stored in Canada: OVH operates a world-class data centre facility in Canada which keeps customer data in Canada, and complies with data sovereignty requirements.
  • Storage and compute options are customizable: Customers can access a number of cloud compute and storage options based on their needs. They can be up and running on Rogers Public Cloud within minutes, and can add or remove computing and storage space, monitor capacity, IP addresses and access real-time data through a single web portal.
  • Data is cyber-secured and managed 24 x 7: Rogers Public Cloud will be managed 24 x 7 by a team of dedicated sovereign, bilingual professionals based in Canada.
  • Green IT offers lower computing and storage costs for customers: Rogers Public Cloud is hosted in OVH's Canadian data centre. It uses 30 per cent outside air cooling and 70 per cent liquid cooling, which reduces electricity required to power the facilities. This ultimately results in lower monthly costs for customers.

"Businesses that have made the transition to the cloud quickly realize the significant financial and operational advantages, but the reality is that Canadian customers do not have enough options for simple, cost effective cloud computing solutions," said Mark Schrutt, Research Vice President, Services and Enterprise Applications, IDC. "New services like Rogers Public Cloud will make it easier for businesses to adopt cloud solutions and could ultimately foster more innovation as customers get access to more efficient, cost-effective IT as-a-service solutions."

Rogers Public Cloud builds on Rogers existing capabilities in cloud computing and data centre operations. As of today, Rogers operates 17 data centres across Canada, including the most Tier III certified data centres in the country. Adding its new public cloud solution to its existing four Tier III certified data centres in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa offers Canadian enterprises unparalleled geolocation options, guaranteed consistent uptime and reliability.

To learn more about Rogers Public Cloud visit: www.rogers.com/cloud or the Rogers Business Forum.  

About Rogers
Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).  For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

1 About OVH: https://www.ovh.com/ca/en/about-us/

SOURCE Rogers Communications Canada Inc. - English

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