New Data Centre in Markham to offer businesses scalability, flexibility
in fully secure facility certified to the Uptime Institute's Tier III
TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
(Primus Canada), a wholly owned subsidiary of PTGi (Primus
Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) (NYSE: PTGI), today announced
that construction has begun on a new high density Data Centre facility
in Markham to meet the spiking demand among GTA businesses for mission
critical and business continuity solutions. This newest member of
Primus Canada's national footprint of 8 data centres is designed to
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, will be
certified by the Uptime Institute as a Tier III site, and will offer
advanced Disaster Recovery features.
The new Toronto Data Centre enhances the scale of Primus Canada's IT
management services and represents significant progress in the
transformation of the company into a full-service, next-generation,
information and communications technology provider. This investment is
further evidence that Primus Canada is committed to growth and
expansion in data centre capabilities as part of a total PTGi
strategy. The Toronto-based management team is working on delivering
enhanced enterprise-quality IT facilities to key metropolitan cities
all across Canada.
"Through our continuing national expansion program, we now have one of
the largest data centre footprints in the country. Our Primus Business
Services team has demonstrated its expertise and ongoing execution
capabilities to be considered a data centre leader for the business
market across Canada," says Andrew Day, CEO of Primus Canada. "We are
designing and constructing state-of-the-art Tier III facilities that
aim to meet our customer's managed services and cloud platform
requirements well into the future."
The first phase of this 30,000 square foot GTA Data Centre initiative
will be a 7,500 square foot pod that is built to LEED standards for environmental sustainability. The Data Centre will
include an innovative HVAC system that leverages free-air cooling and
optimized air distribution to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in energy
utilization over their current facility designs, and effectively
eliminate the water usage and waste resulting from the HVAC plant that
is used in most data centre designs today. As a result, companies that
elect to host their IT services in the Primus Canada Data Centre can
better meet targets for environmental sustainability, which is quickly
growing in importance for high-end customers.
"We have seen tremendous growth in demand for our data centre services,
and expect double digit increases in FCEs despite the current economic
volatility. Today, businesses trying to stretch their capital dollars
are quickly realizing the benefits of data centre hosting services,"
said AJ Byers, Executive Vice-President of Primus Business Services.
"We have been servicing data centre needs across Canada for more than
10 years now, and we recognize that businesses need higher density
facilities that meet the highest levels of certification for service
availability. We believe that we are a perfect match to address the
ongoing environmental challenges that surround mission critical
To ensure clients' data is available to them when needed, the new
facility will be certified to the Uptime Institute's Tier III Site
specifications. To achieve this certification, the site must have
multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment, all
IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the
topology of a site's architecture and include concurrently maintainable
site infrastructure guaranteeing the highest standards for service
availability in the Canadian data centre market.
Although Disaster Recovery is a growing concern of businesses, a recent
survey by the AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, found
that more than 15 per cent of all data centres have no plan for
business continuity or disaster recovery. Primus' Data Centres can
assist businesses in safeguarding their sensitive data as they are
housed in a highly secure infrastructure, with full server and
generator backup in case of a power outage, and protection against
environmental emergencies with advanced fire and cooling protection; so
invaluable data, such as customer information and financial records,
remain safe at all times.
Primus Canada's Data Centre services offered by Primus Business Services
enable businesses to see the following benefits:
Increased peace of mind: Each Data Centre has obtained full Payment Card Industry (PCI)
compliance, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Section
5970 Type B and Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements
(SSAE) No. 16 (previously called Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 Type II) certifications so that
businesses who select a Primus Canada certified Data Centre can reduce
the complexity and investment required to ensure their own compliance.
Reduced cost of IT infrastructure ownership: Building and maintaining data centres is quite costly. By selecting a
managed data centre or cloud solution, customers do not have to invest
in managing the facility, its back-up systems, or the power
requirements thus allowing businesses to utilize their precious
resources to invest in growing the business.
Increased internal resource efficiencies: Choosing a managed data centre permits companies to utilize their
internal IT resources more effectively. Primus Canada provides 24/7
support for servers, and can manage a variety of outsourced
responsibilities so businesses can shift their focus to more strategic
The Primus Canada network backbone connects its Data Centres: Primus Canada customers are offered a fully packaged solution with
connectivity access and data centre hosting services. Businesses need
only partner with Primus Business Services for the full suite of IT
services - it's a single service point for business.
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is one of Canada's largest
single-industry trade associations, representing more than 100,000 real
estate brokers/agents and salespeople working through more than 100
real estate Boards and Associations. CREA has used Primus services,
including DNS Hosting and Server Colocation, since 2004.
Christian Probst, Director of IT for CREA said, "Primus gives us the
availability, capacity and continuity we need to serve our members and
help Canadians across the country to find new homes - every day, 24/7."
About Primus Business Services
Primus Business Services is a leading national data centre and managed services solutions
provider, offering services that include virtual storage and security,
disaster recovery and cloud computing, voice, and IP connectivity
solutions to more than 60,000 Canadian companies. Primus Canada
Business Services owns and manages eight world-class, state-of-the-art
data centres across Canada. Global companies are able to take advantage
of PTGi's international presence with data centres in Australia and
Brazil. Primus Business Services is a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. Visit www.primuspbs.ca for more information.
PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is a leading
provider of advanced communication solutions, including broadband
Internet, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, collocation,
hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential
customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. PTGi is
also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to
telecommunications carriers worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own
global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways,
hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and
data centers located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Founded in 1994,
PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
SOURCE Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
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