Creating Manitoba's most sophisticated and reliable commercial
multi-tenant data centre
WINNIPEG, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS),
together with its subsidiary EPIC Information Solutions, today
celebrated the beginning of a new era for Manitoba's information
MTS unveiled plans for its new data centre during an official
groundbreaking ceremony today. The EPIC Data Centre, located at 1450
Waverley Street in Winnipeg, will be the first of its kind in Manitoba
and provide data centre solutions and cloud services to Manitoba
businesses as well as organizations across North America. It is
expected to be operational and hosting customers by mid-2015.
"This will be Manitoba's most sophisticated and most reliable
multi-tenant data centre," said MTS Allstream Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Blouin. "By building the data centre from the ground up, we have
total control over its location, capacity and design. The data centre
will provide highly reliable and secure data centre space and IT
services for our customers."
The 64,000-square-foot building will house advanced IT equipment for MTS
and EPIC customers and be equipped with the latest in reliable and
efficient power and cooling systems. The facility is designed to meet
stringent Uptime Institute Tier III reliability standards, will be
equipped with sophisticated power back-up and management systems, and
will have multiple connections to MTS's high capacity
One of the Company's priorities was also to build a data centre which
will have the highest standard of environmental design and operations.
The EPIC Data Centre is being built in accordance with Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The design calls for
advanced cooling techniques that help decrease energy consumption and
cooling costs by as much as 70 per cent.
EPIC Information Solutions will operate the data centre and provide
managed services for business customers - from physical management of
customer IT equipment to security to operating system and services
management. The EPIC Data Centre will be an essential foundation for
customers who want to transition from traditional IT strategies to the
Cloud, which requires access to high capacity IP networks. To staff
and operate the new data centre, EPIC anticipates adding up to 30 new
positions over the next three years.
"All of us at MTS and EPIC are excited to see the EPIC Data Centre come
to life," said EPIC Information Solutions President & CEO David Reid.
"EPIC Data Centre will be home to Manitoba's first public enterprise
cloud for large businesses. Our cloud services will provide a highly
secure, reliable and robust compute and storage infrastructure,
allowing our customers to provision IT systems in minutes instead of
The new data centre was designed by Ehvert Mission Critical, a firm that
specializes in design and construction of advanced data centres.
Ehvert is managing the overall construction activities for the project
and has already engaged a number of Winnipeg-based architectural,
engineering and construction firms to build the facility.
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential
and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and
services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed
Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security,
and an extensive range of business solutions. A technology leader, MTS
operates advanced wireless networks using the latest 4G and Wi-Fi
technologies, delivering the best coverage for Manitobans. MTS also
continues to expand its world-class fibre-to-the-home network, making
MTS's fastest Internet plans and Ultimate TV service available to more
communities across Manitoba. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the
knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees.
With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the
community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's
Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.
which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on
MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.
About EPIC Information Solutions
EPIC Information Solutions is a Winnipeg-based company established in
1995. EPIC Information Solutions partners with only the best
technology companies, and has built an outstanding Services
Organization that delivers superior solutions to customers. HP,
Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Brocade, EMC, Trend Micro, Veeam, Adtran,
Nimble Storage, Meru and Kaspersky represent the key technology
partners that make up the foundation of EPIC Information Solutions. For
more information on EPIC Information Solutions' products and services,
please visit www.epic.ca.
Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer
This news release includes forward-looking statements and information
(collectively, the "statements") about MTS's plans to build and operate
a new data centre in Winnipeg that are subject to risks, uncertainties
and assumptions. As a consequence, actual results in the future may
differ materially from any conclusion, forecast or projection in such
forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements
should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed
on them. Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking
information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect",
"project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast",
"intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar
Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to
differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified
in the "Material assumptions" section, and the "Risks and
uncertainties" section, in the Company's 2013 Annual Management's
Discussion & Analysis and 2013 Annual Information Form, all of which
are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Please note that forward-looking statements reflect Management's
expectations as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention
or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise,
except as required by law.
SOURCE: MTS Allstream
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