Canadian Managed IT Leader, Grade A, Makes Strategic Investment in Ottawa's Granite Networks

OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Grade A, one of the largest and fastest growing managed IT companies in Canada  has made a strategic investment in Ottawa's Granite Networks. Granite Networks is Ottawa and Eastern Ontario's only data centre designed to meet Tier 3 and LEED standards.

Having deployed and managed nearly 6000 servers for over 600 clients, Grade A has seen its fair share of data centres. "With more and more clients moving to cloud and high availability internet solutions, the market demand for Tier 3 data centres has never been greater," said Grade A CEO Allan Ghosn, "Granite's Tier 3 Ottawa data centre is one of the very best in Canada so this is an excellent strategic fit for Grade A."

"Over the years, Grade A has hired a considerable number of former Magma Communications employees," said Ghosn, "in large part because their commitment to customer service went far beyond most other providers. Watching the company develop over the past year, it was very clear to us that Granite is taking a page out of their very successful playbook. The decision to invest in Granite became quite easy for us when we looked at combining their Tier 3 Ottawa data centre with our own full range of managed services."

"We are thrilled that Grade A made the decision to make this strategic investment in Granite Networks," said Granite's CEO Rainer Paduch. "Grade A has a tremendously gifted management team and we are excited about the ability to work more closely with them. Their investment also provides Granite with an extensive range of proven, best-in-class managed services to introduce to our growing customer base."

Built to industry leading standards, Granite Networks' Tier 3 Ottawa data centre includes multiple certifications and provides 100% redundant mechanical, electrical and networking facilities. "Granite's carrier and vendor neutral Ottawa data centre is designed to meet the increasingly demanding network and high density power needs of businesses and government agencies.  We are in a hyper-digital economy," said Granite Networks' CEO Rainer Paduch, "and the growing demands on internet infrastructure really dictate that the only place that companies should consider hosting their servers is in a data centre designed to Tier 3 standards."

About Granite Networks:

Granite Networks manages the first and only data centre in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario designed to meet industry leading Tier 3 and LEED standards. Its data centre facility features multiple certifications and offers Ottawa's only vendor and carrier neutral data centre environment.

As Ottawa's fastest growing data centre company, Granite Networks provides flexible colocation, managed services and cloud hosting services to business and government clients in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The company's data centre solutions feature standard industry certifications, carrier neutrality, high-density power options, ultra reliable networking, and a truly exceptional commitment to customer service.

For more information, visit: www.granite-networks.ca

About Grade A:

Established in 2002, Grade A is a leading managed IT company that serves small to mid sized firms. Headquartered in Ottawa Canada, Grade A plans, builds and has managed IT projects for over 600 firms. Its management group has over 100 combined years of business and technology leadership expertise.

For more information, visit: www.gradeA.ca

SOURCE: Granite Networks

For further information:

Rainer Paduch, CEO
Granite Networks Inc.,613-836-8800
rpaduch@granite-networks.com

Allan Ghosn, CEO
Grade A, 613-721-3331
aghosn@gradeA.ca

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