Encouraged by clean, affordable energy and driven by strong data sovereignty laws, Canada has seen the growth in the number and scale of data centers of all types take wing. DCD Canada returns to the Allstream Centre in Toronto on 12th October to continue to survey the rapidly shifting cloudscape and its impact on data center infrastructure requirements. 

Canada is the U.S.’s number one cloud technology export partner, according to a recent U.S. Dept. of Commerce International Trade Report. “Yet Canada has been viewed as laggard in cloud adoption,” according to Michael O’Neil, principal analyst, InsightaaS and founding executive of the Toronto Cloud Business Coalition.

“However, our research finds that virtually all Canadian organizations with 100-plus employees have adopted cloud within their operations for at least some of their workloads. More than 40% of small Canadian businesses are using cloud. So it’s crystal clear we’ve moved well beyond ‘whether’ or ‘when” to adopt cloud, and are well into discussions of how – how best to deploy cloud to support business innovation and create competitive advantage.”

For the third year, O’Neil is co-chair of the conference, and leading the cloud track curriculum, with members of the TCBC.

The sea change

“We’re midstream the migration of application workloads of all kinds to the cloud,” says Bruce Taylor, DCD EVP, “This sea-change is to the benefit Canada’s data center and cloud innovation sector, and this year’s conference program will stress the kinds of internet-facing business transformation that Canada’s IT and data center sector are driving.”

Particular emphasis will be on the full-stack integration of data center infrastructure, “mud to cloud”, the software-defined and open source data center.

DCDs new “free-by-invitation” delegate model means that this event charges no registration fee for qualified IT and data center end user business executives, managers and technical professionals. – Click here for full qualification details.