Toronto, Canada – (The Hosting News) – July 12, 2007 – Two additional Internet Data Centre facilities in Toronto and Ottawa, have been debuted by infrastructure and managed information technology (IT) solutions firm, Primus, due to increased 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 Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. (Primus Canada).
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.
A.J. Byers, Senior Vice President of Primus Business Services at Primus Canada remarked, ”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. 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.
Mark Schrutt, Research Manager for Outsourcing Services at IDC Canada added, ”Primus’ strong growth in 2006 reflects the overall industry demand for managed services. 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 in Canada.”
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.
Mark Ripplinger, Vice President of Technology and CIO at Canadian Payment Association offered, ”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. 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 customer service.”
Primus Business Services is a provider of advanced voice communications, data centre infrastructure and managed information technology (IT) solutions for over 45,000 Canadian businesses of all sizes, utilizing certified technicians, system administrators and network engineers. As a division of Primus Canada, Primus Business Services provides a national network for voice and data services, and telecom infrastructure.
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. is an 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.
For more information about Primus, please visit: www.primustel.ca.