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IBM opens new data centre in Canada

September 24, 2012 by  

Web Hosting Services – IBM, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Barrie have unveiled one of the nation’s most advanced computing facilities: the IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre. The Barrie, Ontario-based centre has been designed from the ground-up with the latest advancements in energy efficient data centre management, business continuity, resiliency, security and disaster recovery services to help organizations efficiently manage growth while reducing costs and securely mitigating risk.

The data centre represents a $90 million investment from IBM and will establish 20 skilled jobs in Barrie, as a portion of the $175 million IBM invested and 145 jobs created through the April 2012 launch of the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre network. In time, the new data centre is expected to provide key infrastructure and personnel to help underpin on-going research and development initiatives tied to this network. The IBM funding is supported through the Government of Ontario’s previous $15 million investment towards these initiatives.

The new facility will provide 25,000 sq ft of initial capacity with the ability to grow to 100,000 sq ft. IBM has designed and delivered more than 1,000 similar modular data centres for customers worldwide. Modular data centre design uses small increments of standardized components to match business requirements with IT requirements and only add data centre capacity when needed. Modular centres can be expanded in half the time of a traditional data centre to easily accommodate growing demand. They help clients save up to 30% per year in energy costs compared to traditional centres.

This newest addition to IBM’s existing network of 17 data centres within Canada bolsters the company’s $75 million investment in Markham and Montreal-based data centres during 2011.

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