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30 Sep 2016

IDC Canada Evaluates Canadian Data Centre Operations and Management Vendors in New IDC MarketScape

TORONTO, September 30, 2016 – International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada announced today the release of a new report assessing data centre operations vendors in Canada. The new report, IDC MarketScape: Canadian Data Centre Operations and Management 2016 Vendor Assessment (IDC #CA40622416), assesses Canadian data centre providers' ability to help Canadian companies migrate from corporate-run, on-premise facilities to 3rd party centres and hybrid environments, in addition to a vendor's facility features.

IDC research shows that companies have little appetite for investing in their own new and existing data centre facilities, as there are currently less corporate-run data centres than there were in 2014, and floor space has shrunk by 7.5%. Technology leaders have decided that instead of continuing to throw good money at their own facilities, they are beginning to shift workloads to commercial hosting vendors that offer colocation, managed hosting, and cloud services. As such, this IDC MarketScape assesses those capabilities, in addition to space, power, connectivity, and value-added services of Canadian data centre providers.

Key results of the report include:

  • IBM, TELUS, HPE, Cogeco Peer 1, Q9, Rogers, CenturyLink, Equinix, and OVH earned the distinction of placing in the Leaders category.
  • SunGard, Bell, Long View, Carbon60, CentriLogic, Cologix, Shaw, 4Degrees, and TeraGo distinguished themselves by placing in the Major Players category.
  • Over the past three years, Canada has seen a build out of over one million square feet of data centre space, and well in excess of 100MW of power added to the market.
  • Over the past 24 months, the needs of a data centre have continued to increase. Data generated from corporate systems, mobile devices, and Internet of Things (IoT) networks continue to grow at a pace of 50% per year. Digital technologies such as analytics, social business platforms, and high performance computing put an ever-increasing stress on the best-in-class data centres.

"The direction of the market is very clear," said Mark Schrutt, vice president, Services and Enterprise Applications. "CIOs and technology leaders are shifting away from corporate-run data centres and placing workloads at commercial providers and taking a cloud-first approach to new systems and software. Right now the majority of businesses are not shifting wholesale to cloud, but migrating towards a combination of data centre and cloud technologies, which opens up a large but competitive marketplace to data centre operations and cloud vendors in Canada."

Since 2014, IDC Canada has published four IDC MarketScape documents on the Canadian cloud-based infrastructure services market. Collectively, these reports have been groundbreaking in their detailed vendor assessment and guidance provided to business and IT leaders. They are as follows:

The latest report is published into the Canadian Strategic Sourcing and Cloud Services program and the new Canadian Datacenter Hosting and Colocation Overview program report series at IDC. Please click on the links to find out more about these subscription research products.

For more information on this report, or to arrange a one on one interview with the author Mark Schrutt, please contact Andrea Loziuk at

About IDC MarketScape

The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScapes provide a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit or

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For more information, contact:

Andrea Loziuk