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Primus Canada expands its data centre footprint

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. Tuesday announced that construction has begun on a new high density data centre facility in Markham, Ont. to meet the spiking demand among GTA businesses for "mission critical and business continuity...


November 9, 2011  


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Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. Tuesday announced that construction has begun on a new high density data centre facility in Markham, Ont. to meet the spiking demand among GTA businesses for “mission critical and business continuity solutions.”

The firm’s eighth data centre is designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, will be certified by the Uptime Institute as a Tier III site, and will offer advanced Disaster Recovery features.

The first phase of this 9,144 square metre GTA Data Centre initiative will be a 2,300 square metre pod that is built to LEED standards for environmental sustainability. 

The facility will include an HVAC system that leverages free-air cooling and optimized air distribution to achieve a 50% reduction in energy utilization over their current facility designs, and effectively eliminate the water usage and waste resulting from the HVAC plant that is used in most data centre designs today. 

“Today, businesses trying to stretch their capital dollars are quickly realizing the benefits of data centre hosting services,” said AJ Byers, executive vice president of Primus Business Services.

In order to achieve the Uptime Institute’s Tier III Site specifications, a site must have multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment, all IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site’s architecture and include concurrently maintainable site infrastructure guaranteeing the highest standards for service availability in the Canadian data centre market.