TELUS to invest an additional $13 million in IT infrastructure in Quebec
RIMOUSKI, QC, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS today opened its new $65
million Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, announcing that
it will invest an additional $13 million in added IT infrastructure to
bring world-class cloud-based solutions to Quebec and Canadian
More than 80 per cent more energy-efficient than traditional data
centres, the new facility ranks among the top-performing centres in
North America and provides TELUS clients with maximum reliability and
security. TELUS wants to contribute to Canada's and Quebec's
competitiveness by offering world-class managed cloud-based solutions
that will enable businesses to focus on their core activities, while
providing business agility, helping to align IT with business strategy,
and providing significant cost savings. TELUS has been named the top
hosting provider in Canada* and its cloud-based solutions are the
result of 20 years of experience in IT services.
"TELUS and our 5,500 Quebec-based team members are proud to celebrate
our 85 years of history in the province with the opening of our new
flagship facility. This is another significant investment for TELUS in
Quebec, building on the $12.3 billion since 2000 that has enabled our
presence to be felt in every corner of the province," said François
Gratton, President of TELUS Quebec and Atlantic Canada."At TELUS, our
clients are our top priority and our team of professionals is dedicated
to helping businesses develop their full potential by offering them all
the tools they need to stand out and succeed. With our new Internet
Data Centre, companies can now harness the power of managed hosting and
cloud computing solutions that are not only reliable, secure and
flexible, but also hosted, managed and delivered in Canada."
For the construction of its new building, TELUS teamed up with Skanska,
one of the world's leading data-centre construction companies, as well
as with Callisson, Cosentini and Inertech. This project created more
than 200 jobs in the Lower St. Lawrence area by calling on the
expertise of some 15 local companies.
A unique design
The new TELUS Tier III design-certified centre is the first TELUS
Internet data centre built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Gold standards. Its 1.15 Power Usage
Effectiveness (PUE) rating puts TELUS at the forefront of the industry.
In addition, the new facility was constructed with a unique modular
design, allowing TELUS to rapidly increase the space and power capacity
for technical equipment and to tailor its service offerings based on
the latest technology.
Below are some key features of the TELUS Intelligent Internet Data
The TELUS Intelligent Internet data centre is connected to the company's
national IP network and is interconnected with major data centres
across the country, representing the most advanced and locally
diversified IT infrastructure in Canada.
TELUS chose to build its data centre in Rimouski for its appropriate
weather climate allowing more efficient cooling. This enables natural
cooling nearly every day of the year. In fact, TELUS anticipates that
the Rimouski Centre will require only 40 hours per year of cooling via
The Intelligent Internet Data Centre incorporates innovative,
non-traditional solutions, such as a closed-loop cooling system that
provides unparalleled operating efficiency. The first of its kind in
the world, this system is 180 times more efficient than that of a
traditional cooling plant.
The Rimouski location chosen by TELUS is also highly secure and an
excellent option for customers seeking a core site or disaster recovery
site, as it is more than 250 kilometres from major urban centres.
The data centre relies on cutting edge flywheel technology for backup in
case of a power failure. Should a power disruption occur at the centre,
the flywheels continue to turn due to the force of inertia. This drives
the alternators to generate power until the high efficiency generators
start during any power disruption, thus minimizing the use of
By harnessing the full power of virtualization and the Cloud, TELUS is
maximizing the use of its IT infrastructure and thereby reducing its
Investments related to the Intelligent Internet Data Centre are in line
with TELUS' consolidated capital spending targets for 2012.
*NBI/Michael Sone Associates, Canadian Hosting and IAAS Cloud Computing
Market Report, 2012 Edition
About TELUS in Québec
A vibrant corporate presence in Québec for nearly 85 years, TELUS
currently employs over 5,500 team members in the province. Since 2000,
the company has invested $12.3 billion in Québec's economy and
infrastructure development. A Canadian industry leader, TELUS offers
Québec communities access to state-of-the-art global communication
technologies, at home, on the move and in the workplace. In support of
our philosophy to give where we live, the company has contributed $30
million since 2005 to support local community organizations in Québec,
such as Opération Enfant Soleil, the Dr. Julien Foundation, Les Oeuvres
Jean Lafrance and the Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading telecommunications company in
Canada, thanks to $10.8 billion in annual revenue and 13 million
customer connections, including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.5
million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers
and 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO,
Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications
products and services, including wireless, data, Internet Protocol
(IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
numerous charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen
TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives.
TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic
corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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