Cold equals Hot

An interesting piece was published in today’s Globe and Mail about Canada being a prime location for cloud computing data centers.  The writer didn’t mention cloud computing explicitly, but that’s what he meant.  I mean, what other driver is there these days for the scramble to build massive complexes to house servers and other computing equipment?  We know Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft (and others) are quietly building out the required infrastructure to support an array of cloud-based applications and services and  Steve Ladurantaye (the writer) relates how Canada is ranked second (the U.S. is first) for the best places in the world to build.  It ranks so high by virtue of its wealth of relatively cheap electricity, inexpensive cooling  (because it’s cold for so much of the year, it would be cheap to cool the heat-intensive hardware), competitive corporate tax rates, and political stability.

This is actually the second time I heard of this idea, that Canada should push to be the data center location of choice because of its colder climate.  The first was at a CA Technologies Cloud event back in February at the CN Tower where Dr. Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, suggested it as a completely sensible thing to strive for.

Canada is blessed with peace, order (notwithstanding the occasional hockey-inspired riot), and gorgeous geography.  Who could have known that what is normally seen as a negative, our formidable frigid temperatures, would one day allow us to reap giant financial gain?

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

One Response to Cold equals Hot

  1. Your Spouse says:

    Great title for this blog!

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