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    Canadian Datacenter Recommendations

    I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations for Canadian datacenters / providers, as I have little experience in this market.

    Anyone care to post some opinions?

    Thanks
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    Cost...

    Since the cost of bandwidth is much higher in canada, they mostly host in the US.

    Our Data Center host quite bit of canadian based clients, so i have to assume its price or possible speed issues.
    -----My wife said it was ok----

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    What does that have to do with Canadian datacenters?

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    The datacenter in Canda is wanted simply because of it's locale - the fact that is is in Canada.
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    Q9 operates all of the tier 1 data centers in Canada. You can reach them at q9.com

    Sales contact:

    Anthony Giorgi - [email protected]
    Tel: (416) 365-7647
    Fax: (416) 362-7001
    Cell: (416) 458-5161

    Magma Communications also offers a tier 1 data center, not as good as Q9 but decent. magma.ca

    Sales contact:

    Matt Copeland - [email protected]
    t: 613.228.3565 x6066 or 800.576.7704
    f: 613.228.8313 or 888.884.2398

    There are a few others, but you'd be wasting time checking them out. (i.e Bell Nexxia, Terra-Byte, GT, Zoolink, Peer1, etc.)

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    Q9 is very good. But they are outrageously expensive, (Just as every Canadian Datcenter is...)

    Bandwidth is VERY expensive here. I know you're used to 2/GB and everything, but around here you'll have to be content with at least 8/GB...

    Now, If you were to go with one of the biggies (WorldCom, Sprint, Telus) you will end up paying much more than you would if you were to go with a smaller provider. Here, the smaller providers are much less expensive than the big players.

    I would recomend you check out:

    http://www.tera-byte.com (Based in Edmonton, probably the cheapest you'll find in Canada. )
    http://www.cephren.ca (Based outside of Toronto)
    http://www.it.ca (Call them for pricing. They are based in 151 front street, the largest telco hotel in Canada. Their prcing is decent.)
    http://www.q9.ca (VERY expensive. Based in Toronto. Q9 is like the internap of Canada. They have over 20+ Backbone providers.)
    http://www.peer1.net (Call them for pricing. They are the second cheapest provider price-wise. They are also very good.)

    That is just about all I can think of at the moment. If you need any more help on this, then just PM me. I am very knowledgeable when it come to Canadian Co-Lo facilities.

    By the way, if you're looking for anything in the way of dedicated servers in Canada, don't even bother. The only two that provide "good" ded. servers are tera-byte and cephren. Other than that, a dedicated server will cost you more than a T1 would in the States...

    Have a good day, Matt.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I have already spoken with a provider within 151 front street, which is looking promising - but I'll check out the others too.
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    that's $8/gb canadian though......... right??

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    Originally posted by clocker1996
    that's $8/gb canadian though......... right??
    Yes, I should have clarified. That would be around $5 USD.

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    Originally posted by 311
    Q9 is very good. But they are outrageously expensive, (Just as every Canadian Datcenter is...)

    Bandwidth is VERY expensive here. I know you're used to 2/GB and everything, but around here you'll have to be content with at least 8/GB...

    Now, If you were to go with one of the biggies (WorldCom, Sprint, Telus) you will end up paying much more than you would if you were to go with a smaller provider. Here, the smaller providers are much less expensive than the big players.

    I would recomend you check out:

    http://www.tera-byte.com (Based in Edmonton, probably the cheapest you'll find in Canada. )
    http://www.cephren.ca (Based outside of Toronto)
    http://www.it.ca (Call them for pricing. They are based in 151 front street, the largest telco hotel in Canada. Their prcing is decent.)
    http://www.q9.ca (VERY expensive. Based in Toronto. Q9 is like the internap of Canada. They have over 20+ Backbone providers.)
    http://www.peer1.net (Call them for pricing. They are the second cheapest provider price-wise. They are also very good.)

    That is just about all I can think of at the moment. If you need any more help on this, then just PM me. I am very knowledgeable when it come to Canadian Co-Lo facilities.

    By the way, if you're looking for anything in the way of dedicated servers in Canada, don't even bother. The only two that provide "good" ded. servers are tera-byte and cephren. Other than that, a dedicated server will cost you more than a T1 would in the States...

    Have a good day, Matt.
    All i can say is, don't count on these statements being valid until Christmas, because it wont be by then .

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    Hey porcupine

    All i can say is, don't count on these statements being valid until Christmas, because it wont be by then
    U referring to price drops because cogentco bought shared technologies
    Can't Go Where I Never Left!!

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    Try this:

    www.rackforce.com - great prices and very good service. I have been talking to them about moving there and am impressed with the speed they respond. Can't argue with the prices. They are in BC somewhere.

    Chris Mason,
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    Originally posted by Going Postal
    Hey porcupine



    U referring to price drops because cogentco bought shared technologies
    Nope,

    Cogent bought allied technologies which had 20+ employee's in toronto back in what? last february abouts? I'm referring to the fact that we'll be spread out into canada before the year is over hehe, glad you asked .

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    Originally posted by voxtreme-matt
    Thanks for the replies.

    I have already spoken with a provider within 151 front street, which is looking promising - but I'll check out the others too.
    Who was this?

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    Haze, read 311's post again

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    I can highly recommend tera-byte. They are very nice to deal with and offer excellent support. It is nice to call the toll-free line at 2am and talk with a tech right away.

    Very cheap also. Look at their new colocated deals.. very competitive.

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    I myself am a Canadian and have purchased all my servers from the U.S. I would have liked to keep in Canada and supoprt my fellow Canadians, but at that rate I would have to charge my clients much more for the same packages.

    If you are stuck on getting Canadian, may I suggest to you either Magma Communications, and or Peer1. I had a colocated server at Peer1 and the service was excellent.

    Or... be a sneak and bring a shovel and some equipment and dig a hole by those infamous Bell buildings and see what you can tap into.
    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Originally posted by mulligan
    Or... be a sneak and bring a shovel and some equipment and dig a hole by those infamous Bell buildings and see what you can tap into.
    Cheers,

    Chris
    Hey! I'd be definetly up for that!

    Where do you live? If you live close to me, we can arrange something! I've got a few shovels over here...

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