DO Ideas 2

Canadian Datacenter

There is a huge opportunity in Canada for you. A lot of our Canadian customers don't want their data sitting in the U.S. and Europe location is too far/slow.

  • Jeff
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Sep 11, 2018

    Admin Response

    Hey everyone, I am pleased to announce that we have launched our first Canadian Datacenter, TOR1, in Toronto this morning. Read more at: http://do.co/canada
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  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    This is fantastic!!! Thank you DigitalOcean!

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    This is freaking awesome! Thanks DigitalOcean!

    Now for a "VAN1" location. :)

  • Derrick commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Sweet!

  • chris.steel commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Awesome news! Thank you!

  • Derek Rosien commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    NICE!!! Thank you!

  • Jules commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    THANKS DO!!! :)

  • Graham Ballantyne commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1 for a west coast Canadian datacentre. Preferably somewhere outside the earthquake, zone, though ;)

  • Jay Holtslander commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1 for Vancouver

  • Gav commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Toronto or Vancouver would be great.

  • Artform commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Toronto or Montreal

  • Greg Daynes commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Vancouver Datacenter Would be awesome!

  • Stepan commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Calgary or Vancouver please

  • Denkay commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Vancouver Datacenter please ( 893 customers + + + )

  • Alex Macomber commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Installing a data-center in Canada, especially in a city like Vancouver, would be an astounding boost to the Canadian Internet Startups- I'd love to see this happen.

  • kier lindsay commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Vancouver datacenter pls :D

  • JM commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes please come in Canada!

  • Jesse Latham commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Canada DC please! +1 vote

  • Clayton commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    100x this, please.

  • Maxime commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Montreal, Canada! +1 vote

  • Dan commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I would like to migrate over 100 vps servers to DO if they offered Canadian location...

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Just to add another voice to this, I would absolutely migrate to Digital Ocean if there were a Canadian datacenter option. Geographical location is the first determinant for most projects: any Canadian customer data I work with MUST be stored in Canada.

    Please consider moving forward on this! This is a great opportunity for Digital Ocean to very easily expand business.

  • Brendan Skoreyko commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Legally many companies cannot store their data outside of Canada thus unable to utilize DigitalOcean. If there was a Canadian datacenter DigitalOcean would be opening their doors to additional business! I myself would migrate my Droplets to the Canadian datacenter.

  • Steve Ovens commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    How many votes is required for this to be a serious consideration out of curiousity

  • Derek Rosien commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    We need good Canadian hosting for Node projects

  • Jesse Latham commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes please. Love the services which Digital Ocean provides but need a Canadian datacenter option to store clients data within Canada!

  • max commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Is there a status update on this?

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    It's been two years since this was posted. There's plenty of suitable data centres where Digital Ocean could set up shop in Canada. Has there been any progress on this? Please update us.

  • Dustin Dauncey commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I've been waiting for this for so long, and it's been near the top 20 of the most requested features of DO, yet other geographies are being deployed in areas where far fewer demand existed (based on number of votes given to the suggestions on UserVoice here). Very unfortunate. I hope to see some progress made very soon.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I would say Toronto as one of their providers already have a data center there and there is a new one coming in 2015!

  • Jules commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3; +unlimited votes

  • Sami commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3 votes... +infinity votes if you select Calgary instead of the usual Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver

    This is especially relevant to the Canadian business world that the developers may potentially bring to DO servers. Medical or Gov't related systems/data are required to be stored in Canada in many cases.

    Please let it happen! Almost no other large cloud providers offer this and too many Canadian IT companies seem to be living in 2001. It'd be a huge market opportunity like the initial suggestion says.

    p.s. I love system you've created for us developers. Keep up the good work!

  • Anthony Rossbach commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    This must happen!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1 here

  • Jean-Philippe Murray Coméul commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Well then, let's add 3 votes from me to get it on the radar then!

  • Julian Lam commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    The NodeBB team would definitely provision a number of servers in both Toronto and/or Vancouver over New York and/or San Francisco, so consider that a +3 from us :)

  • Lucien Dubois commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Se les serveurs étaient au Canada, je serais client!

  • imol commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3

  • XT commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    another vote for canada

  • Sukh commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I would love this as I am looking to more data to a better services and you guys are great it would give my big clients at my company more comfort knowing there is still in the Country.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1

  • William Wilson commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    This would be huge, all of our clients are requesting data to be within Canada

  • Clou commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I would LOVE a Canadian Data centre. Our platform deals with universities and whenever you get close to healthcare, people want to stay far far away from the US. A Canadian data centre would be fabulous and I'd even be willing to pay a slightly higher fee for this.

  • Mike Breen commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    The request for a London datacenter had 576 votes. What does the community need to do make a datacenter in Canada happen?

  • John Marquis commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    At this point I'd be willing to lend a hand for Digital Ocean to have a Data Center in Canada.

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Gave +3 votes!

  • Ted Wood commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Gave +3 votes!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +Yes please

  • AntBentinck commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes Please! We need a New Canadian Host Urgently!!!

  • Cody S. commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1

  • Mike Breen commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1. How many votes do we need to get Canada on DO's radar? There are many Canadian businesses that require their data remain in Canada.

  • Salehen Rahman commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes please!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3 to support it.

  • Steven commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3 This would be awesome if you could build a data enter here!

  • temple commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3 to support it.

  • Matt Lantz commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +infinite

  • Sam commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes, please.

  • GD commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes a Canadian POP for DO would be a good thing. I have a lot of customers that want their data to stay in Canada.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Another +3 for a Canadian DC.

  • Pascal commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes. I agree too! but use 2 Canadian location if you implement this! The best use Toronto and Montreal Datacenter would be ideal. I need this to deploy many IPPBX to DigitalOcean and give a good latency.

  • Dave commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Yes, I agree! All clients want data in Canada.

  • Al M. commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I have quite a few clients in Canada that don't want any of their data to leave our borders. I love Digital Ocean and would love to see you guys in a Q9 DC (http://www.q9.com/).

  • haknick commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    The only things stopping us currently from moving our projects to DigitalOcean

  • Adam Patterson commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Would love this ability, it makes projects for Government, Healthcare, and Education possible on Digital ocean.

    Vancouver, Toronto would be ideal.

    Peer1 is probably the biggest ( the used to host YouTube before Google took over )

    Cost of Canadian hosting is a premium, I feel you would have a leg up with a Canadian DC.

  • Georges-Etienne Legendre commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    A brand new DC in Quebec City: http://4degres.com/

  • temple commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +3 DC in Vancouver!!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    +1 for DC in Vancouver or close by.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    5 ears means Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and England share 100% of spy data with each other.

    Data centres anywhere BUT those 5 countries are far more desirable to ensure the US don't have 100% of our information.

    Russia is close to Canada ;)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Another vote and request for Canadian Datacenter.

  • Wyatt Johnson commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I work with a large web development company. Most of our clients stipulate that we must have the data center in canada. I've been rooting for DO from the start, and I would love to have our company switch all our servers over to you guys!

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Thanks for the feedback guys we are going to be looking into new DC locations soon so keep the feedback and votes coming =]

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Another vote for data center in Canada. Requirement for some government contracts.

  • Gerard commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I wonder just how more private and secure our data is up here though. :(

  • Kyle Schembri commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    A canadian data centre would be amazing. It doesn't matter whether you are a US company or not, but the data for certain projects is required by law to be kept within Canadian borders.

  • Jason Cruickshank commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    The only real benefit to having equipment in Canada would be avoidance of the Patriot Act but since Digital Ocean is a US company their equipment would still be subject to the Patriot Act no matter where in the world it's located. The USA is close enough geographically so this probably needn't be a priority, unless they actually want to move the company to Canada and just have an office in New York to keep the US government from screwing up their international expansion plans.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Just let me know if you could use someone on the ground in Canada if you move in this direction. resume and credentials availible on request

  • Glenn Kelley commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    They could use OVH for this - Heck OVH is very inexpensive for what they offer

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    30M population is so hard to say that a 'HUGE' opportunity there.

    And the taxes would stop DO and other good businesses moving in.

  • Patrick Connolly commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    The Canadian government is increasingly working with contractors, many of whom want to start using exciting services and toolchains (ie vagrant, appfog, chef's knife tool). The catch is that there are simply no decent cloud providers that allow access via API. Digital Ocean moving to Canada would have a huge leg up in that space.

  • Michael commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Indeed, the Canadian market for VPS services is currently very noncompetitive and Digital Ocean could capture a huge chunk of the market. Even more props if you're able to segregate all Canadian customer data for businesses that need to comply with privacy guidelines and keep everything on Canadian soil.

    Vancouver and Toronto are the main peering points in the country, but there are reasonable connection points in other parts of the country as well. Datahive in Calgary is home to the new but growing YYCIX (http://www.yycix.ca/peers.html) and might be worth considering as a slightly more central location with potentially favorable taxation and proximity to Alberta's strong energy sector.

  • Ray Moore commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Western Canada would be great. I'm in the western US and I'd love to have my server in BC or something. I'd even pay a premium to have it (perhaps this would help get the datacenter funded).

  • Steven Smethurst commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Anywhere that is non USA. The USA Patriot Act scares me and stops me from doing business with USA based cloud services.

  • Stephen commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Thought I would throw my 2 cents in here.

    Firstly to clear up a misconception, iWeb does have a carrier neutral option. If you buy space in a carrier neutral rack, you can choose inbound/outbound routes as you please: http://iweb.com/server-colocation/neutral-racks. The problem with iWeb is that only handful of providers connect to their facilities. You don't have the same transit options as sitting ontop of a main internet exchange point, but on the flip side your server space is cheaper.

    Apples to apples, if you are going to be at the main IX, Toronto is the place to be. If we just compare ASN's available at the main carrier hotels, Toronto (@ 151 Front St) has ~200 carriers versus ~70 carriers in Montreal (@ 1250/625 Rene Levesque). Toronto also has more long haul fiber routes to US/CA cities than Montreal and more diversity overall.

    When it comes to international connectivity, assuming everything is setup correctly on both ends, you are not going to see much difference in either location. Traffic for Europe almost always goes through NYC. Asia through SEA/PA/SJC/LAX. Central/South America through DFW/MIA.

    Currently Montreal has bad connectivity with Canadian ISPs. Reason being there are no public peering facilities. CologIX/QIX only do private peering. So unless you own a large network like the incumbents do, moving traffic can get expensive because whether local or not it all goes to transit. There is a public peering point opening in Montreal soon (I don't have a date) that is supposed to address this problem. Toronto is much better for this, TorIX has been long established and as of this writing lists 160+ peers: http://www.torix.ca/peers.php

    If you research colocation in Toronto you will probably come across Colosseum Online (AS19842) or Yesup (AS22923). Both of those are similar to iWeb - hosted in the suburbs, carrier neutral, affordable. I recommend looking into them.

    Downtown Toronto, 151 Front is usually running at capacity. There may be space available in 905 King (151 Front's sister property). There is also a new Equinix DC being constructed downtown at the corner of Parliament/Front: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2012/12/10/equinix-leases-more-space-in-toronto/. If Canadian hosting is really taking off then data centre construction activity should continue picking up.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Carrier neutral means that the datacenter provider only provides the physical space and you select which carriers (Level3, Global Crossing, Tinet, etc.) that you want to use.

    That is why we work with facilities like Equinix and Telecity because they are carrier neutral and we can select any transit providers that we like.

    In regards to Canada Montreal is definitely a great choice.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Oups.. just was Iweb is not carrier neutral.. can you exlplain ? there is also Cannix and i can recommend some other if you want

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Montreal is a destination of choice even for european application... the network is strong and severall backbone are available that cover north america.
    More over, our electricity in Quebec ( province where Montreal is located ) is Green and from Damp.. This is the strongest in North America... so im totally agree with the iweb data center proposal in the thread !! Please do a pilot project asap !!!! and i will take care of market it for you in the french province !!!!

  • Jonathan MacDonald commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I too have come across concerns from customers regarding the Patriot Act as well -- here's a vote for a data centre in Canada.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Another Canadian here, Western Canada specifically. Let me know when / if you set up here. Thank you.

  • Andrew Taylor commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    For a canadian data centre I recommend rackforce in Kelowna British Columbia, my company uses them for colocation (2 racks) and they have excellent infrastructure, and are safer then vancouver when considering natural disasters (such as earthquake and tsunami risks) would be happy to share any information to help

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Love Montreal, beautiful city, however for datacenters we only use carrier neutral facilities, of which iWeb isn't one.

    Thanks!

  • james k. commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    montreal is a great POP location as well.. just saying :)
    iweb is one nice place to prospect..
    http://iweb.com/hosting-technology/data-centers-and-infrastructure

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    We hope to announce some new POPs shortly and Canada is on the list of where we are looking =]

  • Peter Carroll commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Actually, A Canadian datacenter option will be popular with American/International companies too. Some will like their data kept out of reach of the Patriot Act. And from a network perspective, Toronto is just a few milliseconds from New York. 151 Front is one of the major peering points on the net.

  • Lyon commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I would like a Canadian Data Center as well. Toronto or Vancouver.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Hi Kris,

    Canada is definitely on our list we hope to announce our next pop in the next 1-3 months and then announce a new pop each quarter there after!

    Thanks

  • Kris Forbes commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I live in Canada and work for one of the largest employers here. I've seen many contracts for hosted online services such as farming out background checks and small web tools.

    It's almost always stipulated in the contract that any information they maintain be stored in Canada so it's not subject to USA Patriot Act. It would be a boon for some of these small companies to be able to build on cloud infrastructure in their country.

    There aren't many contenders right now in the Canadian "Cloud" infrastructure business. Bell Canada is fumbling around with vendor provided kits trying to implement them, Peer 1's cloud Zunicore brand has no Canadian POPs, Telus has services geared to medium to large business.

    It would really be open season for a cloud infrastructure provider targeting startups and small business looking for Canadian locations.

    There's a lot of SolusVM + VPS types out there but none that I know of with hourly billing, good prices, and an API that isn't crap.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Hi Travis,

    We'll look into rolling out PTR records that can be manually edited without renaming the hostname of the virtual server and just pre-set it to that upon virtual server creates to make it easier.

    Thanks for the feedback :)

  • Travis commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Hello Moisey,

    Didn't really expect a response, just giving some general input, thank you for taking the time to address it.

    All my concerns are covered then, however I was actually referring to the ability to manage PTR manually (separate from hostname) or (in our case) even remove it if desired.

    Again, thank you very much for the level of service you provide, and we're looking forward to working with you over the coming months/years.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Hi Travis,

    We are looking into bringing up additional POPs this year and we hope to have some announcements soon, aside from that we very closely monitor our UserVoice votes from customers to see where they would like us to open up space next.

    In regards to PTR, its auto-set just update the hostname of your virtual server and it will automatically get updated - if you would like to have this separated into a separate feature please let us know.

    Unfortunately we do not allow selecting IPs from the pool as the backend figures that out based on availability and which prior IPs were assigned to your virtual servers.

    Thanks

  • Travis commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    I think this is a great idea, as you said POP diversity is an important aspect for any cloud computing company, and unfortunately this is one of the main reasons we are not using Digital Ocean as our primary platform yet. Have you ever considered partnerships with existing datacenters for the physical hypervisors and either announcing your IP space or setting up BGP Sessions on your behalf? (Ex: Netelligent in Canada or Selectel in Russia)

    Regardless, your service is great, the price point is competitive, the only thing lacking is additional POPs and slightly more flexibility in the Web UI / Setup (manually adjust PTR, select IP addresses manually from the available pool, etc.)

    Keep it up, guys. Voted for this one.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    We definitely want to have as many and as a diverse set of POPs as possible and CA is a good choice.

    But I dont think we would be able to get one opened before 2014.

    Thanks,
    Moisey

  • Jesse O'Brien commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    Another Canadian here, we're often excluded from any US operations but we certainly would love service inside of our country. :D

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:31

    A Canadian POP currently isn't on our radar but if it gets enough up-votes it will be.

    Thanks