Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting: Application Optimized Cloud Provider

Duncan McGregor, VP Of Engineering & Operations
Organizations are placing increased emphasis on ensuring that their most critical business applications have robust Business Continuity plans and supporting Disaster Recovery infrastructure to effectively mitigate downtime risks including loss of productivity, brand equity, and intellectual property. “An effective DR strategy is dependent on the careful orchestration of processes, run books, application and security policies, and human resources to ensure that an application can be quickly restored in the event of a disaster” says Duncan McGregor, VP, Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting. Technology trends such as Cloud, Virtualization, are enabling firms to address and resolve the constraints of an effective DR.

Based in Toronto, ON, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Inc, Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting offers collocation, cloud infrastructure, managed hosting and IT, security and connectivity services to customers as well as DR solutions that help customers keep their most critical applications running and safe from data loss. The company enables businesses with the ability to access, move, manage and store mission critical data globally, supported by unparalleled customer support. Its turnkey Geo Redundant Virtual Data Centre and Mission Critical Public Clouds deliver replication of data between primary and secondary data centres. Multiple in-country Data Centres allows for data to remain fully compliant with any data sovereignty requirements. “From infrastructure, network, application, declaration, and monitoring to failover processes, our solutions encompass both the operational and infrastructure aspect of a successful DR strategy,” explains McGregor.

The company also offers a suite of backup and storage options that allow enterprises to construct solutions to meet their specific requirements, and optimize both recovery times and point objectives at either the Virtual Machine level or applications level.

To cater to a wider clientele, Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 offers solutions both in the public cloud (multitenant based infrastructure) as well as in the private cloud (dedicated infrastructure) and colocation architectures.
“The entire infrastructure is hosted and managed in our own data centres,” states McGregor. The company is among the first Cloud providers to offer a suite of services designed to address the rapid deployment needs of mission critical, core and legacy applications.

The company’s offerings have dramatically resolved the customers’ challenges related to successful DR Implantations. Enterprises view the Cloud as an ideal platform from which to build a BC/DR plan that leverages the elasticity of the Cloud to meet infrastructure needs in the event of a disaster impacting the primary enterprise data centre. One of Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1’s Toronto based clients needed to implement stringent RTO and RPO targets. The company provided them with an end-to-end DR solution that included data replication from the customer’s data centre to the Cloud as well as the supporting failover processes that enabled the client to meet its internal compliance requirements. “We assured them that in the event of a disaster, our staff will act as extension of the client’s internal IT teams,” says McGregor. “Actively supporting the client’s DR processes through planning, design, build, test, and implementation.”


From infrastructure, network, application, declaration, and monitoring to failover processes, our solutions encompass both the operational and infrastructure aspect of a successful DR strategy


Looking ahead, Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 will continue to deliver innovative and comprehensive end-to-end DR solutions for its customers, helping them to remove complexity and embrace growth and stability in their operations.

Company
Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1

Headquarters
Toronto, ON

Management
Duncan McGregor, VP Of Engineering & Operations

Description
Provider of the solutions, infrastructure, and operational expertise to provide turnkey application DR solutions