The facility marked for expansion is located in Barrie, Ont., and is the company’s fifth data centre overall. The redevelopment of the data centre is scheduled to be completed in early 2015, and will add 20,000 square feet in additional operational space.
Cogeco has invested approximately $80 million into this project, which will see the total operational floor space increase to 32,000 square feet. The new facility will provide the latest data centre, cloud and IT connectivity services, including business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. It will be CSAE 3416 and PCI compliant, and exceed Tier 3 standards.
The facility will also have uninterruptible power supply with backup generators for conditioned power provision to ensure continuous power availability.
“We are thrilled to be announcing the expansion of our Barrie data centre,” Tony Ciciretto, President and CEO of Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting, said in a press release. “This addition to the facility will allow us to serve the growing requirements of current and newly acquired customers. With its close proximity to Toronto, Barrie is an ideal location for a primary data centre facility and is also far enough removed from Toronto’s downtown core to act as a disaster recovery site. As the demand for data services continues to grow, we are well-positioned to provide a world-class ICT offering for our clients’ mission-critical and value-add requirements.”
The project is a collaboration effort between Cogeco and Ehvert Mission Critical, which has developed some of North America’s most sophisticated mission-critical data centre facilities. The centre’s technological structure is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, thanks to additional assistance from global energy management company Schneider Electric.
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