Canadian data centers are becoming a big topic for tech companies and businesses around the world, bucking the trend of exporting tech resources to the warmer and cheaper climes of India and China. But a data center in Canada can offer companies some serious benefits, ones that are unique to Canada and Canada alone. These unique conditions are bringing companies to Canada in droves, with business expected to grow as much as 50 times in less than 10 years. The reasons businesses are moving their data centers to the Great White North are many and varied, but one in particular is something we have been all too familiar with this year: the weather.
Data centers are essentially giant buildings of computers, computers that are constantly running and generating heat that needs cooling. Canada’s winters may be something to grumble about if you live here, but if you are running a data center, cooler temperatures can save you a fortune in energy bills by relying on the classic Canadian winter to keep things cool. The systems are appropriately called “free energy” and uses additional ducts that take in the Canadian cool air as part of a building’s overall cooling system. The system can reduce cooling costs by up to fifty percent. With energy prices rising, Canada’s natural and energy conserving climate is appealing to data centers, and those savings can go directly to their clients.
Canada is also home to lots and lots of open space. With a population density for the whole country below 4 people per square kilometre, we have plenty of room for large data centers to set up shop. With such room for large buildings relatively close to large urban centers, Canada’s geography can help data centers keep their costs down at a fundamental level. Lower property rental costs means lower costs overall and that is another way Canadian data centers can help businesses save money.
But with our open space comes a surprisingly reliable infrastructure for power, internet access, and more, something other countries simply do not have. Canada’s prosperous history ensured that all of their citizens had access to stable power and phones, and now internet as well, and this is paramount for data centers. Power losses when housing as much computing power as your average data center are catastrophic, which means they need to be somewhere that power is constant and consistent. The Canadian power grid is very stable, which is drawing data centers north.
Our unique climate and geography is appealing to data center providers because they keep the costs low, saving their clients money. But Canada is also home to some of the best computer minds in the world, which means data centers can employ top talent without convincing them to leave the country. A data center in Canada couples the money savings of outsourcing with the talent of the best educational systems in the world. The result is top of the line service at very, very competitive prices. This is one of the biggest reasons that people are seeking to migrate their server and business infrastructure to Canada.