Looks like someone in Nova Scotia is taking the data centre industry seriously. My fingers are calloused from all my posts about the opportunity of data centres. Who knows?
The current economic crisis presents the Atlantic region with a unique business advantage, said Anton E. Self, founder and CEO of Halifax-based IT startup Bastionhost.
Self, announced his company’s project to put Nova Scotia on the technological map by establishing a system of data centres and digital media storage facilities in the province.
“We can build a new billion dollar industry right here in Nova Scotia,” he said, highlighting the region’s dense and established infrastructure and relative affordability. “But we need to invest in improving and integrating our critical infrastructure here, now, if we are to seize the moment and realize our tremendous potential as a leading global data haven.”
Privacy law expert David Fraser argued that Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s strong privacy laws offer another inherent advantage to the data centre sector, especially since the United States passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of 9/11. He said, “we can become an information Switzerland.”
The point here is to find a way to generate sustainable competitive advantage in this sector. Ocean water cooling of the data centres might be one way. Leveraging the the country’s privacy laws – this has been mentioned many times – may be another. Some other cost or ifnrastructure advantage could be floating around.
I hope Nova Scotia gives this guy a wide berth to figure this out. Because it is a billion dollar industry and it is a high paying industry and it could easily be in this region if the business environment made sense.
I get goose bumps.