Company begins phased build out of its most eco-friendly data center;
green initiative includes new membership to The Green Grid
VANCOUVER, May 12 /CNW/ - PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc. (TSX:PIX), a
global online IT hosting provider, today announced that the company has begun
build out on a 41,000 square foot green data center in the Toronto area. The
new facility will implement some of the most efficient products and
technologies on the market, including the use of a local well for primary
water supply with redundant connection to the city water system to reduce
overall carbon footprint and provide lower energy consumption. The first of
four planned stages is scheduled for completion in early 2010, and will
include 7,500 square feet of data center space, and 8,000 square feet of
office and staging area at an estimated capital cost of U.S. $10 million. The
remaining 25,500 square feet will be dedicated to additional datacenter space
and infrastructure which will be built out in three future phases based upon
customer demand and market conditions.
Some of the efficiencies planned include the use of redundant high
efficiency VFD centrifugal chillers and heat exchangers to take advantage of
"free cooling" during colder months, providing significant energy savings.
This also enables the company to use more environmentally friendly
refrigerants not commonly found in current air-cooled systems.
"Our philosophy is to develop the most efficient data center facilities
possible, with increased power densities and high reliability that will help
provide our customers with a base from which to grow their online businesses,"
said Fabio Banducci, president and CEO for PEER 1. "A state-of-the-art data
center is a strategic foundation for great customer experiences, and we
believe the new facility will have a very positive impact on future growth and
The PEER 1 data center will offer scalable managed hosting, dedicated
hosting through the ServerBeach brand and co-location services within the
Toronto facility. This will be the first time all three types of hosting will
be offered by the company from a Canadian-based facility. Strategically
located just 18 miles or 30 kilometers from the heart of Toronto, the company
is one of the only hosting providers to offer all three major types of web
hosting under one roof.
The facility will have capacity for approximately 700 normal cabinet
equivalents (NCE) for co-location and 9,000 servers for managed and dedicated
hosting, with the flexibility to alter the mix of these core services based on
future customer demand.
PEER 1 also announced its membership in The Green Grid. The Green Grid is
a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers
and business computing ecosystems. The Green Grid seeks to provide
industry-wide recommendations on best practices, metrics and technologies that
will improve overall data center and business computing energy efficiencies.
By joining The Green Grid, PEER 1 is helping influence both developers and end
users of data center technology.
"Our goal is to maximize energy efficiency across our data centers in all
locations, with Toronto serving as our model sustainable facility from which
we will continue to implement additional green initiatives," said Ryan
Murphey, vice president of facilities & data center operations for PEER 1.
"Along with the use of innovative power conservation strategies, PEER 1
continues to review reliable customer solutions that minimize environmental
PEER 1 will provide further detail on its Toronto expansion plans during
its quarterly conference call on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. (EST). To
access the conference call by telephone, dial (416) 644-3417 or
1-800-732-6179. Please connect approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning
of the call. The conference call will be archived for replay until Thursday,
May 21st, at midnight. To access the archived conference call, dial (416)
640-1917 or 1-877-289-8525 and enter the reservation number: 21303393 followed
by the number sign.
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at:
Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure
adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the
webcast. The webcast will be archived at the above website for 90 days.
About PEER 1
PEER 1 believes in the limitless opportunity of the Internet, and the
business growth potential it provides for its more than 10,000 customers. As a
global online IT hosting provider, PEER 1 offers a reliable high performance
Internet network supporting scalable managed hosting, dedicated hosting
through the ServerBeach brand, and co-location solutions. Backed by its 100
percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support(TM), PEER 1 ensures
customers' online presence is always fast, always available. Since 1999, PEER
1 has grown to include 16 state-of-the-art data centers in North America and
points-of-presence in Europe. The company's headquarters are in Vancouver,
Canada and the stock is traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX. For more
information visit: www.peer1.com.
Forward Looking Statements:
Statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical
fact are forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts
and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
outcomes and results to differ materially. Factors that could cause or
contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, general
economic conditions, changes in technology, reliance on third party
manufacturing, managing rapid growth, global sales risks, limited intellectual
property protection and other risks and uncertainties described in PEER 1's
public filings with securities regulatory authorities.
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