Digital Realty has announced the expansion of its One Century Place data center facility, part of its regional connectivity hub in Toronto, Canada.

Also known as TOR1, the expansion of Digital Realty’s One Century Place facility in Vaughn adds about 6,000 square feet and 1,500 kilowatts (1.5MW) of colocation capacity to the company’s Toronto portfolio. The new capacity is planned to address the needs of enterprise customers that require more distributed data hosting, connectivity and exascale computing in a single campus.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the expansion of PlatformDIGITAL™ as we continue to expand our colocation capabilities in strategic regions around the world.  We are enabling our customers to address the challenges of data gravity by deploying their digital infrastructure in close proximity to key cloud deployments, providing the coverage, capacity and connectivity requirements to support their current and future goals,” said A. William Stein, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty. 

“Data rich technologies like AI and IoT are being deployed at a rapid scale, requiring enterprises to locate their infrastructure closer to highly-connected centers of data exchange.  Enterprises now need greater access to productized colocation offerings at the heart of where digital business is happening.  We see significant growth potential in greater Toronto as digital business accelerates.”

According to Digital Realty, TOR1 new capacity also features IBM’s next-generation Direct Link 2.0 capabilities, providing direct access to the IBM Cloud in Toronto.  Direct Link 2.0 is designed to support customers in developing and deploying network architectures via the hybrid cloud.  This includes providing access to IBM services, such as blockchain, AI, data analytics and quantum computing.

The completion and opening of TOR1 colocation expansion is expected to further augment the operation of the company’s second Toronto data center which is located in Markham, Ontario.  Together, Digital Realty currently operates over 20 megawatts of capacity across its two data centers in the Toronto region, with about 60 megawatts planned at full build-out.