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Canada’s first large-scale green data centre opens

RackForce Networks Inc. today officially opened the first phase of its new multimillion dollar state-of-the-art Gig...


July 15, 2009  


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RackForce Networks Inc. today officially opened the first phase of its new multimillion dollar state-of-the-art GigaCenter in Kelowna, B.C.

The facility will produce less than 1/50th the carbon footprint compared to typical conventional data centres.

“We built here in Kelowna because it’s one of the most stable and eco-friendly areas in North America,” said Tim Dufour, president and CEO of RackForce.

The city has been identified as one of the best locations in North America to build a centre because of its stable geographic location, temperate climate and extremely low risk of natural disaster.

This first phase encompasses 9,100 square metres.

Customers can secure space in increments as small as a single cabinet, up to dedicated rooms (called GigaVaults) ranging in size from 12 to over 170 cabinets. An additional 36,500 square metres is scheduled to be complete in 2011, which will make it one of the largest service provider data centers in North America.

The RackForce GigaCenter utilizes design features to support both current and future technologies including massive data storage, high density blade servers, virtualized computing clusters and mainframe systems.

Technology partners in the project include IBM, Microsoft, Bell Canada and Cisco.