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Digital Realty Opens 46 Megawatt Data Center at Former Toronto Star Printing Plant

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Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, recently revealed the grand opening of its third data center in Toronto, further enhancing the company’s ability to support growing data center and colocation requirements in the fourth-largest city in North America.

According to a prepared statement, the new facility, which will provide up to 46 megawatts of critical power capacity to the Greater Toronto Area, is located on the site of the former Toronto Star printing plant at One Century Place in Vaughan, Ontario, which served as the largest newspaper facility in Canada for more than 25 years.

Toronto is Canada’s financial and business capital and one of the leading technology clusters in North America with more than 15,000 technology companies along the Toronto to Waterloo corridor. Toronto also tops the North American Cities of the Future1 list, second only to New York, due in large part to its dynamic, diverse and growing population.

“Toronto is home to a booming financial services industry and a burgeoning roster of large technology companies and emerging tech startups for whom digital transformation is driving enterprise initiatives,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.

He adds that “We are seeing strong demand for data center expansion in Toronto, with a rapidly growing need for safe, reliable provisioning of IT services and capabilities. We are very excited to be converting the iconic Toronto Star building into a revolutionary new data center, ideal for cloud providers, financial services companies and enterprises of all sizes. The grand opening is another important milestone in achieving our strategic goal of building an unparalleled global network of top-tier data centers in major cities and interconnection hubs around the world.”

“We are extremely pleased Digital Realty has been able to repurpose such a historic site and are delighted they have been able to bring it into the digital transformation era while retaining its aesthetic appeal,” said Brett Miller, Chief Executive Officer at JLL Canada. “This facility will serve the community well as a strong addition to the Greater Toronto Area’s data and technology infrastructure, which is increasingly under-resourced due to the rapid growth of business in this region.”

Digital Realty’s industry-leading flexible design makes it possible to tailor each room based on specific customer requirements, supporting a range of power densities from 1,000 watts to more than 4,000 watts per square meter, the release states. Digital Realty’s open platform enables customers to define and implement their data center strategies and needs, with a comprehensive selection of service providers, levels of redundancy, power configurations, and connectivity options to create unique choice and value.

“This new facility will empower our customers to successfully tackle their unique digital transformation objectives with agile data center solutions built for growth and harnessing the power of proximity needed for latency-sensitive applications,” said Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “The layout and scale of the Toronto Star plant allowed us to tailor options for customers based on budget, security, and redundancy needs, and there is simply nothing else like it on the market. The new Toronto data center helps customers remove some of the complexity of cloud migration by offering flexibility in secure multi-cloud connectivity options and offering self-provisioned bandwidth-on-demand.”

The new facility is engineered to deliver a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25 annualized at full capacity and will be one of Canada’s most efficient and reliable data centers.

With 23 computer rooms ranging from 800 to 1,200 square meters (approximately 8,600 to 13,000 square feet), it can accommodate power capacities from one to three megawatts per room.

Resiliencies range from n to 2n with a power density range of 1,000 to more than 4,000 watts per square meter (approximately 100 to 300 watts per square foot).

The facility is adjacent to a utility sub-station, providing direct access to low-cost power.

Proximity to downtown Toronto, major highways, and an international airport makes for easy accessibility.