iWeb to host 20,000 dedicated servers in a new data center in Montréal

This fourth data center will consolidate iWeb's position as the leader in dedicated web hosting in Canada

MONTREAL, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - iWeb (TSX-V : IWB), a global provider of Internet hosting services and IT Infrastructure announced its plans for a new 31,000 square feet data center, in the LaSalle borough (western part of Montreal), with the capacity to host 20,000 dedicated servers. This new facility will bring the total dedicated server capacity of iWeb to nearly 35,000 servers.

"The new data center will be built with automation in mind; automation is one of the Company's priority in 2010" declared Cyrille Mertes, who was recently named iWeb's Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "Because we are essentially building a new center, we can design it according to current standards with no restrictions due to previous technologies already installed."

Scheduled to be brought online in April, the data center will initially have the capacity to host 3,000 servers. Because the building has never been used as a data center, it must be adapted to meet the Company's strict operational standards. iWeb has signed a 30-year lease agreement, with options to purchase at regular intervals.

The facility will require an initial investment of $3 Million in infrastructure. During its recent fourth quarter results conference call with financial analysts, iWeb confirmed finalising a financing agreement with one of its main financial partners.

Details on the new center:

    
    - Size: 31,000 square feet
    - Capacity: 20,000 dedicated servers (phase I: 3,000 servers)
    - Electrical input: 6,000 Amps
    - Network: Redundant Fiber-optic interconnection to two of iWeb's other
      data centers; iWeb's current total network capacity is 76 Gbps
    - Investment: $3,000,000 (for phase I)
    

The new data center, like iWeb's three current IP hosting facilities, will feature a redundant electrical system which will be entirely run through uninterrupted power systems (UPS), diesel-powered generators and a ventilation and cooling infrastructure. The facilities and the server will be protected by a multi-layered security system, including biometric recognition, video surveillance, secure access and a VESDA fire-prevention system.

    
    About iWeb Group Inc.
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iWeb is a worldwide provider of Internet hosting services and IT Infrastructure, with three secured data centers in Montreal. Since 2004, the Company's compounded annual growth rate has been above 75%, making it one of Canada's 100 fastest growing companies according to PROFIT Magazine.

Founded in 1996 in Montreal, iWeb now generates more than 60% of its revenues from abroad; and employs over 170 full-time employees providing Dedicated Server Hosting, Co-location and Web Hosting services to close to 20,000 customers in 145 countries. iWeb's shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: IWB); for more information please consult http://about.iweb.com.

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SOURCE iWeb Group Inc.

For further information: For further information: Philip Tousignant, iWeb Group Inc., Chief Financial Officer, (514) 286-4242 ext. 149, ptousignant@iweb.com; Bernard Dahl, Presentis, Investor Relations/Media Relations, (514) 802-2801, bernard@presentis.ca

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