The recently announced expansion of Google Cloud, Google’s cloud service, is proof that Greater Montréal is quickly emerging as one of North America’s key data centre and cloud computing hubs. It is also a validation of the region’s expertise in AI and big data.
Investment dollars have been pouring into those high-tech sectors lately—and the amounts are quite impressive. What’s more, industry giants like Amazon Web Services, the market leader in cloud services, well-established multinationals like Microsoft, Ericsson, OVH and Linkbynet, and local players like Bell and Cogeco also have a strong foothold in the region. The reason? Greater Montréal provides data centres with significant competitive advantages over other North American regions:
- Abundant, renewable and affordable hydropower
- Up to 250 MVA of power available from Hydro-Québec
- A stable, enabling environment to keep operating costs down
- A legislative framework allowing the free flow of personal data to and from the European Union
- Venture capital, investment funds and specialized contractors to get data centres up and running in no time
- A diverse telecommunications network delivering over 100 GbE of bandwidth
- Easy access to infrastructure and plenty of drinking water
Greater Montréal is home to 91,000 skilled ICT workers, close to 5,000 organizations, the world’s largest and most distinguished group of deep learning researchers, and a unique data science institute, called the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO). The region also continues to attract significant public and private investment, successfully building a global reputation for excellence.