Big data, byte-sized: Cin­nos offers af­ford­able mis­sion crit­i­cal ser­vices

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - A reg­u­lar feature from Hamil­ton’s In­no­va­tion Fac­tory

You prob­a­bly don’t re­al­ize it, but data cen­tres run our mod­ern world.

From multi-build­ing op­er­a­tions to a small stack of servers in a base­ment, data cen­tres sup­port the in­for­ma­tion sys­tems that com­pa­nies rely on. IT op­er­a­tions are of­ten con­sid­ered “mis­sion crit­i­cal” for any busi­ness. This means that fail­ure or dis­rup­tion (such as a power out­age) would se­ri­ously im­pact busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

But data cen­tres are costly, take time to set up and need very spe­cific con­di­tions to run smoothly. If you are a small or medium-sized com­pany, in­stalling new elec­tri­cal, walls, and even floors for an in-house data cen­tre is dif­fi­cult.

Cin­nos Mis­sion Crit­i­cal In­cor­po­rated has de­vel­oped the world’s first data cen­tre ap­pli­ance that is compact, af­ford­able and ready to op­er­ate out of the box. Their pro­pri­etary sys­tem, Cin­nos Smart MCX, is the ideal so­lu­tion for both small busi­nesses and large en­ter­prises that need the abil­ity to scale.

“Data cen­tres are the back­bone driv­ing key tech­nolo­gies like video and mu­sic streaming, so­cial me­dia and big data,” ex­plains Cin­nos CEO Hus­sam Haroun. “We deliver this nec­es­sary busi­ness com­po­nent faster and at a much lower cost.”

Haroun started Cin­nos in 2014 while com­plet­ing his master’s of en­gi­neer­ing at McMaster Uni­ver­sity. Since then, he has built a team of six with more than 30 com­bined years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the data cen­tre in­dus­try. Last De­cem­ber, the team re­ceived piv­otal val­i­da­tion: they raised more than $2 mil­lion in fund­ing from angel in­vestors and the On­tario Cen­tres of Ex­cel­lence.

“We feel val­i­dated from the in­vest­ment and sup­port we have re­ceived in Hamil­ton,” says Haroun. “It shows us that peo­ple be­lieve in the team and in the in­no­va­tion.”

Over the next five years, the Cin­nos team plans to put Hamil­ton on the map as a hub for data cen­tre in­no­va­tion. Haroun notes that the city’s sup­port­ive ecosys­tem is cru­cial to this growth.

“The whole idea be­hind Cin­nos is an in­no­va­tion, truly a change in the way we deliver com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture,” he says.

“The sup­port we re­ceive from the Hamil­ton ecosys­tem, such as the Com­put­ing In­fra­struc­ture Re­search Cen­tre (CIRC) at McMaster Uni­ver­sity and In­no­va­tion Fac­tory, helps make our so­lu­tion more com­pet­i­tive.”

Cin­nos Mis­sion Crit­i­cal has de­vel­oped the world’s first data cen­tre ap­pli­ance that is compact, af­ford­able and ready to op­er­ate out of the box. CEO Hus­sam Haroun started Cin­nos in 2014 while com­plet­ing his master’s of en­gi­neer­ing at McMaster Uni­ver­sity.

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