Fuelled by disaster recovery plans and financial regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, data storage demands are skyrocketing in the Greater Toronto Area, according to Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. (THTI).

As evidence of this trend, the Utility-Telco (U-Telco) has seen a dramatic increase in the number of circuits sold to major GTA data centres, including those of Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Fusepoint Managed Services Inc., Q-9 Networks Inc. and SunGard, said Ian Miles, president of THTI.

Miles said demand for Gigabit Ethernet circuits is up about 150 per cent since 2002, and THTI now operates several 10-Gigabit Ethernet rings in Toronto.

Mark Quigley, research director, Canadian Market Strategies at the Yankee Group Canada in Ottawa agreed that telcos and data centre providers and systems integrators are indeed seeing increased demand because of these trends, not only in Toronto, but across the country.

He said events like 9/11 and the 2003 power outage have really driven home the need for organizations to have a comprehensive disaster recovery.

“From a backup and recovery perspective everyone has the needs but to vary degrees,” he explained.

Whether it’s a financial institution or a small retail outlet, all firms seem to be more interested in backing up data these days.

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