Cloud- and carrier-neutral data center giant, Digital Realty, has today announced the opening of its latest North American data center in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Codenamed YYZ12, the new facility is Digital Realty’s third data center in Greater Toronto and offers up to 800KW of load capacity, as well as 6,900 square foot of colocation space. YYZ12 will also be interconnected with dark fiber paths to the company’s TOR1 data center in Vaughan.

“Together these new capabilities in Toronto and Marseille represent a strategic milestone on Digital Realty’s global roadmap for PlaformDIGITAL® in North America and EMEA,” said A. William Stein, CEO of Digital Realty.

“Over the last 18 months since we announced our platform vision and strategy, we’ve introduced over 20 new data center expansion projects around the globe. As enterprises across all industries rapidly shifted to digital business models during an unprecedented year, the global number of participants in our connected data communities more than doubled to over 4,000 organizations.”

As announced, the new Digital Realty downtown data center will be further interconnected with new Metro Connect capabilities, forming a connected campus environment for the company’s customers in Toronto, enabling them to either deploy network hubs in YYZ12 facility or setup data and control hubs within the large scale facility at 1 Century Place, a digital hub located on the site of the former Toronto Star printing press.

“As a Toronto-owned company developing custom software solutions for some of the most innovative enterprises and startups across North America, we recognize the value of deploying our critical infrastructure on PlatformDIGITAL®,” said Chris Mihalicz, CEO of Three Point Turn.

“Access to a consistent global data center platform with a highly connected data community is critical to help our customers overcome challenges such as data gravity and data localization as they rapidly scale their digital business.”

This announcement is followed with the groundbreaking of MRS4, a data center project in Marseille, France which is designed to provide 13.6MW of capacity and direct access to 14 submarine cables.