Plans are in place for Google to acquire a property in Beauharnois, Quebec, and turn it into a data center. The proposed data center is estimated to cost $600 million. The 62.4 hectares plot of land is owned by Hydro-Québec, and is currently zoned as agricultural land, the provincial governme...
The Montreal Data Center is drawing international attention yet is still relatively small compared to other North American markets. That might change over the next decade because Montreal has many ingredients to see robust growth.
The area has access to cheap and abundant hydroelectric power. Power rates range between 3.2 and 5 cents/kWh. he cool and dry climate in a stable geotechnical area offers data center operators an estimated 90% of free cooling hours per year based on facility design. The climate is cool and dry which offers data center operators an estimated 90% of free cooling hours per year.
The area is in a stable geotechnical area with no risk of hurricanes. In winter, storms can bring snow and bitter cold.
Montreal Colocation Providers
- Cologix has 7 sites and is the primary provider of peering and interconnection sites in Montreal.
- ROOT is a growing provider with two sites. ROOT specializes in high power density deployments
Major Cloud Providers
The largest cloud companies have chosen Montreal as a data center location. Microsoft, Soflayer, Amazon, and Google have all chosen Montreal. Inexpensive green power and proximity to East coast population have driven their deployments.