IDC MarketScape released its Canadian Data Centre Operations and Management 2016 Vendor Assessment report in September, which included Cogeco Peer 1 in the Leaders category.
“Being recognized in this category is a testament to Cogeco Peer 1’s ability to help companies meet their strategic needs in terms of innovation and operational effectiveness,” said Bertrand Labelle, Vice President, Marketing, Cogeco Peer 1.
IDC pointed out Cogeco Peer 1’s “world-class expertise in designing and architecting data centres” and that the company has “one of the largest operated and managed data centre footprints in the industry.” The enterprise platform suite includes cloud, colocation, managed hosting, ecommerce and network services, as well as managed security and managed services, all delivered over the highly reliable FastFiber Network. The report also noted Cogeco Peer 1’s significant expansion in North America and Europe, with locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Singapore.
Interestingly, IDC found a decline in the number of Canadian organizations that run their own data centres in 2016, compared to 2014. Although some have migrated entirely to the cloud, that’s not the most common model. Many organizations prefer a more measured transition by leveraging hybrid computing, that is, on-premise data centres using cloud technologies to supplement or replace some in-house functionality. It’s less expensive, and less time-consuming for IT staff, to run certain workloads in the cloud, so colocation, managed hosting and cloud services just make sense.
The benefits of cloud services have been known for years, but not every organization is ready (or should) go all-cloud just yet. And that’s OK. Cogeco Peer 1 is prepared to tackle customer needs, whether large or small, when the time is right.