More than 22 per cent of capacity booked prior to opening
TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - Q9 Networks Inc. (TSX:Q), a leading Canadian
provider of outsourced data centre infrastructure, is pleased to report the
opening of its second Calgary data centre. The data centre opens with more
than 22 per cent of its capacity already reserved by new and existing
customers, including a previously announced anchor tenant.
The new data centre has a total capacity of 1,200 cabinet equivalents and
was built at a total cost of approximately $20 million. Located outside the
downtown core, the new Calgary data centre provides a state-of-the-art
environment that can be used as a primary facility or as an active disaster
recovery site. Biometric security systems, video surveillance, on-site
security officers and redundant power, HVAC and fire-suppression systems
ensure the highest levels of security and reliability for customer equipment.
"Today's announcement marks another successful milestone as we execute
the largest expansion of data centre space currently underway in Canada," said
Osama Arafat, CEO, Q9 Networks. "I am also delighted to report that we have
succeeded in booking orders for almost one quarter of the data centre's
capacity, with customers beginning to install immediately. We expect to see a
gradual increase in revenue from these customer installations as contracted
deployment schedules are completed over the coming months and years. We are
very well situated to meet continued strong demand in Alberta and further
solidify our leadership position in this key market."
Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most
demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and
cooling demands of today's high density computing devices. With the opening of
this facility, Q9 continues to set the standard for high availability data
centres in Canada.
Customers connect to the Internet via Q9's unique network and are
protected by Q9's 100 percent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and
network availability. Customer equipment and the facility's environmental
parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's Control Centre, staffed by experts
versed in all aspects of IT and facilities management.
The new Calgary data centre is the second of three major expansion
projects scheduled to open in 2007. The other projects include a new 1,000
cabinet equivalent data centre in Toronto that opened in January 2007 and a
1,200 cabinet equivalent expansion of Q9's Brampton data centre scheduled to
open in the fall of 2007. When complete, these expansions will establish Q9 as
one of the largest operators of data centre facilities in Canada with a total
capacity of more than 7,200 cabinet equivalents. Q9 is expecting to invest a
total of approximately $60 million in the new facilities.
About Q9 Networks:
Q9 Networks is a leading Canadian provider of outsourced data centre
infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9's
data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA which
guarantees 100% network and power availability. Q9 managed services,
including: bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual
private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning
and scalability of client infrastructure.
For further information:
For further information: Kevin Spikes, Director of Corporate & Investor
Relations, Q9 Networks, Toronto: (416) 848-3311, Toll Free: 1-888-696-2266,