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[LINK] “Amazon chooses Montreal for its Canadian data centre operations due to cheaper hydro costs than Ontario”

The National Post shares Vito Pilieci’s Postmedia News article noting the advantage that lower energy costs gave Québec over Ontario.

Internet giant Amazon Web Services has opened a cluster of data centres near Montreal due to the ready availability and cost of hydro-electric power in Quebec.

The company, which is notoriously secretive about its data centres, said there are now at least two data centres just outside Montreal to offer web-based services to the “Canada Region.” Canada joins 15 other regions around the globe from which Amazon is running data services on behalf of clients.

Teresa Carlson, vice-president of public sector with Amazon Web Services, said the cost and availability of hydro-electric power is ultimately what made Amazon choose Quebec as its Canadian home.

“We picked the area that we did because of the hydro power,” said Carlson. “We did find them (Quebec) to be very business friendly.”

Carlson said Amazon conducted a thorough review of various options within Canada, including Ontario, that involved looking at a number of factors, including the price of electricity. She also said Amazon is keen to source green energy where it can as the company is attempting to get all of its data centres on renewable energy sources.

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Written by Randy McDonald

December 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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  1. Guess where the Ontario government relocated Ontario government data centres to, just before the 2014 provincial election? To the US state of Virginia, the electricity of which is half coal, half nuclear, and all cheap.

    We can’t even afford our own electricity.

    This wasn’t a direct deal between Ontario and data centres in Virginia. We actually outsourced our data centre services to an American multinational — it was that multinational that chose Virginia because of low power costs.

    That multinational was… Amazon.

    Steve Aplin

    December 22, 2016 at 8:12 am


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