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Better Together: The Power of Strategic Alliances in the Digital Age

Strategic partnerships have always been a key driver for businesses looking to grow and outpace the competition. As technology continues to push many industries toward a more hyper-competitive and hyper-connected marketplace, it is critical to align with partners to fill any gaps and streamline processes. At Cogeco Peer 1, we have several alliances that allow us to better serve our customers by providing robust and tailored hybrid managed solutions, supplementing big data and security needs, as well as supporting hardware assets. Today’s digital leaders are discovering that future success depends on the capabilities and insights they can leverage through strategic partnerships. As Christopher Vollmer and Matt Egol of PwC present in Strategy+Business, there’s a roadmap to cultivate successful partnerships. While these five rules were published in 2014, they have stood the test of time and remain relevant despite the rapid innovation and growth across industries. Read below for my thoughts…

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SD-WAN: Myth Busting

With the pace at which technology is evolving, it’s common place for misconceptions or myths to spread and gain ground. This is particularly true of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), as outlined in one of our previous blogs. By 2021, industry analyst firm IDC predicts that SD-WAN will reach $8 billion in infrastructure and services. This figure is based upon the fact that SD-WAN technology is uniquely optimised to meet the growing requirements of cloud computing and adoption of the technology across enterprise and service providers will help drive the market. However, there can often be a chasm between what analysts forecast and what is actually happening on the ground. While many businesses are charging ahead with SD-WAN deployment, there are many more, which stymied by a lack of understanding and galvanised by misperceptions, believe the myths that surround SD-WAN technology. According to our recent study, UK businesses are in-fact…

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Five Tech Events That Need to be on Your Calendar

Here at Cogeco Peer 1, we always like to keep up to date with the latest events in this constantly evolving industry to ensure we continue to collaborate with innovators and offer the best technology and exceptional service to our customers. With May well underway, I wanted to highlight some of the North American and UK events we’ll be attending and speaking at. It’s going to be an exciting and busy couple of months, and we can’t wait to be on the road, meeting clients, prospects and old friends! Collision, Toronto, Canada – May 20th – 23rd In its fifth year, Collision is the fastest-growing tech conference in North America, and we are thrilled to be exhibiting alongside some of the biggest makers and shakers the industry has to offer. Some of these inspiring speakers this year will include Ev Williams, the CEO of Medium, Peggy Johnson, the Executive Vice…

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Connectivity & Fiber: The Power Behind Business Success

In my last post, I explored one of the biggest trends of the moment – AI and emerging technologies. I’d now like to take a step back and focus on the critical infrastructure that underpins these transformational technologies – connectivity. Mobility, flexibility and agility have become table stakes for a successful business and is only possible through powerful and reliable network connectivity. Any loss of connection or downtime can lead to significant financial and commercial consequences. It’s therefore imperative that businesses ensure they have the necessary infrastructure in place to facilitate enterprise connectivity, allowing for greater efficiency, productivity and business growth. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, Cisco predicts that annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 zettabytes per year by 2021, and the number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than three times the global population by 2021. Furthering this, global analyst house Gartner, predicts…

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Colocation + Cloud computing: A better way to run your business?

Cloud-based computing, networking and storage infrastructure and cloud-native applications are standard choices for CIOs in most industries, and in companies of all sizes. However, not every workload is suitable or can easily be moved to the cloud. While 93% of companies will say they are running on the cloud only 25% are running in production. Here are two reality checks about the ‘exploding cloud adoption’ statistics: Reality Check 183% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. IT spend to shift to cloud over next 5 years will be USD 1,000,000,000,000. Reality Check 230% of enterprises operating in the cloud are moving back to an on-premise model as a result of concerns around latency, performance in the public cloud, data sovereignty changes, better on-premise clouds and cost issues. So, what is the real truth? Both are true. And, this dichotomy cements the fact that IT infrastructures are increasingly…

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Digital Colony acquires Cogeco Peer 1

I’m delighted to announce that today marks the official close of Digital Colony’s acquisition of Cogeco Peer 1. This is an exciting evolution for us as it will give us more independence and agility which will enable us to focus on our employee, customer and partner success. Our new company, which will be renamed in the coming weeks, will remain headquartered in Toronto, Canada and will continue to deliver exceptional products and solutions, through two newly created business units. The Fiber business unit will become Canada’s first neutral-host provider of small cell and 5G infrastructure and enterprise and wholesale fiber connectivity. The other business unit will concentrate on growing the company’s data center portfolio in North America and Europe, offering hybrid-solutions and managed services to a global customer base. I am very grateful for what we have accomplished together with Cogeco Communications. Under our new ownership, we will contribute to…

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