With the launch of a new cloud computing model offering, Rogers Communications is targeting Canadian enterprises looking to migrate to public cloud IT environments.

The Toronto-based communications firm today unveiled its Rogers Public Cloud, an web-enabled infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering designed to help organizations securely manage critical data, applications, servers, systems software, and network resources.

Rogers Public Cloud will be locally managed by a team of “dedicated sovereign, bilingual professionals” on a 24/7 basis, Rogers said, adding end-users will be able to access a computing and storage space in a shared cloud environment using a single web portal. The company also announced it has entered a partnership with France-based cloud infrastructure solution provider OVH to locally deliver the IaaS environment offering.

Rogers currently operates 17 Tier III certified data centres across Canada, including facilities in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa; the company claims the OVH data centre solution will use 30 per cent outside air cooling and 70 per cent liquid cooling to cost-effectively reduce the electricity required to power the facilities.

Research firm IDC Corp. this week reported that spending on public cloud IT infrastructure is expected to grow 18.8 per cent in 2016 to US$23.3 billion. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, spending on cloud IT infrastructure should grow worldwide, with private cloud investments to grow at a slower rate compared to public cloud.