The Flagship Series: Montreal Data Center Market Overview


Montreal is gaining global prominence as a data center hotspot. While the market is still smaller than that of its Canadian-counterpart, Toronto, professional organizations are taking note of the opportunities to be had in this Quebec-based market.

Named the “best location in the world to set up a data center” by the Datacloud world congress, Montreal won the Excellence in Data Centres Award in June 2019. And datacenterHawk notes that they believe Montreal will soon overtake the Toronto market as the last two years have seen rapid expansion. The major industries using this data center space in Montreal include technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, tourism and transportation

Roberto Montesi, INAP’s Vice President of International Sales, said that the data center market is growing fast in Montreal because of the low cost on power and land taxes. “The colder temperatures also permit us to run free cooling up to 10 months a year,” he said, noting that Montreal and Canada have a great relationship with the U.S. “It’s an easy extension for any American business to come up to Montreal and have access to so much great talent in our industry.”

Considering Montreal for a colocationnetwork or cloud solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

INAP’s Mark on Montreal

INAP maintains four data centers and POPs in Montreal, including three flagship facilities. INAP’s Saint-Léonard (5945 Couture Blvd) and LaSalle (7207 Newman Blvd) flagships are cloud hosting facilities operated by iWeb, an INAP company.

INAP’s Nuns’ Island flagship at 20 Place du Commerce offers high-density environments for colocation customers. The Nuns’ Island facility is a bunker-rated building and functions on a priority 1 hydro grid, the same as hospitals in the area. In addition to these features, our expert support technicians are dedicated to keeping your infrastructure online, secure and always operating at peak efficiency.

Each INAP Montreal data center features sustainable, green design with state-of-the-art cooling and electricity that’s 99.9 percent generated from renewable sources. Customers are able to connect seamlessly with other major North American cities via our reliable, high-performing backbone to Boston and Chicago.

Metro-wide, our Montreal data centers feature:

  • Power: 20 MW of power capacity, 20+ kW per cabinet
  • Space: Over 45,000 square feet of raised floor
  • Facilities: Designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes, located outside of flood plain and seismic zones
  • Energy Efficient Cooling: 2,500 tons of cooling capacity, N+1 with concurrent maintainability
  • Security: 24/7/365 onsite personnel, video surveillance, key card and secondary biometric authentication
  • Compliance: PCI DSS and SOC 2 Type II

Download the Montreal Data Center spec sheet here [PDF].

INAP's LaSalle flagship at 7207 Newman Blvd.

Interior shot of the LaSalle flagship.

Interior shot of the LaSalle flagship.

INAP's Saint-Léonard at 5945 Couture Blvd.

Interior shot of the Saint-Léonard flagship.

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Gain an Edge with INAP’s Connectivity Solutions

INAP’s connectivity solutions and global network can give customers the boost they need to outpace their competition. And Montreal is the perfect place to take advantage of INAP’s connectivity solutions. “We also have fiber rich density coming up from Ashburn and Europe. This makes us a great location for customers looking for Edge locations,” said Montesi.

By joining us in our Montreal data centers, customers gain access to INAP’s global network. Our high-capacity network backbone and one-of-a-kind, latency-killing Performance IP® solution is available to all customers. This proprietary technology automatically puts outbound traffic on the best-performing route. Once you’re plugged into the INAP network, you don’t have to do anything to see the difference. Learn more about Performance IP® by reading up on the demo and trying it out yourself with a destination test.

INAP Interchange for Colocation

Considering Montreal for colocation, but not sure where the future will lead? With INAP’s global footprint, which includes more than 600,000 square feet of leasable data center space, customers have access to data centers woven together by our high-performance network backbone and route optimization engine, ensuring the environment can connect everywhere, faster.

With INAP Interchange, a spend portability program available to new colocation or cloud customers, you can switch infrastructure solutions—dollar for dollar—part-way through a contract. This helps avoid environment lock-in and achieve current IT infrastructure goals while providing the flexibility to adapt for whatever comes next.

INAP Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for the Interchange program. Chat with us to learn more about these services, and how spend portability can benefit these infrastructure solutions.

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Laura Vietmeyer
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