Primus' Managed Services Business growing at three times industry rate
TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. (Primus
Canada), today announced the opening of two additional Internet Data Centre
facilities in Toronto and Ottawa. Primus is committed to broadening its data
centre footprint in Canada to meet increasing customer demand for colocation
and managed services. In addition to the new centres in Toronto and Ottawa,
Primus Business Services is currently scouting two more sites in Canada for
development of additional data centres, with an expected opening in early 2008
The facilities are being opened to meet growing consumer demand. While
the Canadian managed services industry is growing at roughly 10 per cent
annually, according to IDC Canada, Primus' managed services business surged
ahead by 34 per cent in 2006.
The new facilities in Toronto and Ottawa also employ environmentally
friendly features and design elements such as high efficiency module UPS
(Unlimited Power Supply) systems, high efficiency green transformers,
economizers in the cooling system and built-in motion sensors in the lighting
system. These features, which reduce hydro power consumption and wasted power
by 50 per cent or more, are being requested by more and more customers.
"With our existing facilities in Toronto and Ottawa nearing capacity and
our business growing rapidly, Primus is opening two new data centres to meet
client demand for our managed hosting and system administration services,"
said A.J. Byers, Primus Canada, senior vice president, Primus Business
Services. "In our effort to strengthen Primus' commitment to environmental
sustainability, and manage spending for our customers as the cost and usage of
power increases, our new data centres have been designed to reduce power
consumption and the impact on the environment."
According to IDC Canada, the industry growth rate for managed services in
2006 was 9.8 per cent and the overall value of the market (based on revenues
generated) was $470 million. Primus Business Services' grew by 34 per cent in
2006, more than three times that of the industry.
"Primus' strong growth in 2006 reflects the overall industry demand for
managed services," said Mark Schrutt, research manager for outsourcing
services, IDC Canada. "There is increasing adoption in the industry for
remotely managed services in the areas of security, storage and web hosting
and IDC Canada forecasts a 10.25 per cent growth rate in the next five years
The new 12,000 square foot Toronto data centre is located in the downtown
core in a secure, unmarked facility. The facility will boast 8,000 square feet
of raised floor, and will be completed in two phases. The new 18,000 square
foot Ottawa facility will feature a total of 15,000 square feet of raised
floor, and will be completed in three phases.
Both new data centres are "class A" facilities and offer end-to-end data
solutions for businesses of all sizes, including Internet access, hosting,
managed system administration and managed security. Primus provides continuous
online back up, state-of-the-art security features and storage solutions for
mission critical applications and data.
The new data centres offer businesses a secure, safe and reliable
location to house their IT infrastructure and are equipped with redundant UPS
power and a diesel generator, advanced environmental controls including HVAC,
gas fire suppression, biometric access control systems and a multi-homed
network for 100 per cent uptime.
"Site resiliency, security and system reliability are vital to our
business operations, and after the blackout of August 2003 we wanted to ensure
that would not be compromised," said Mark Ripplinger, Vice President of
Technology and CIO, Canadian Payment Association. "CPA has peace-of-mind with
Primus' Data Centre's state-of-the-art security solutions and
high-availability managed network connectivity, coupled with superior 24/7
About Primus Business Services
Primus Business Services is a leading provider of advanced voice
communications, data centre infrastructure and managed information technology
(IT) solutions for over 45,000 Canadian businesses of all sizes. Its dedicated
group of certified technicians, system administrators and network engineers
deliver and support innovative solutions for over 45,000 businesses. As a
division of Primus Canada, Primus Business Services leverages a national
network for voice and data services, and a world-class telecom infrastructure.
About Primus Canada
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. is the largest alternative
communications carrier in Canada with over 1,000,000 customers. The Company
offers facilities-based voice, data, e-commerce, Web hosting, VoIP and
broadband Internet services utilizing ADSL2+ technology. Primus Canada's
national network consists of nationwide switches with international
connectivity through its parent company's global network, ATM and IP nodes,
and colocation facilities at major cities across the country. Primus Canada is
also one of Canada's largest MVNO's (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) offering
PRIMUS Wireless service. Primus Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of McLean,
Virginia-based PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (OTCBB: PRTL).
Primus Canada news and information are available at the Company's Web site at
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