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Canada’s Largest Green Data Center Being Built by gigaCENTER With Help of IBM


KELOWNA, BC and MONTREAL - Jun 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) has signed an agreement to help build a $ CDN 75 million, 150,000 square foot “green” data center in the heart of British Columbia with gigaCENTER Services Corporation, in partnership with RackForce Networks.

The new facility called gigaCENTER Services Corp will be among the most efficient and “greenest” large-scale data centers in Canada. It is being developed using IBM’s modular approach and will include power and cooling capabilities to support a variety of technologies from high-density blade servers to mainframes.

“We are building a data center with IBM in a safe and secure location to respond to growing issues about natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods,” said Tim Dufour, CEO of both RackForce and gigaCENTER. “This center will support the latest technologies using ’green’ hydro-generated power and the most efficient, environmentally friendly design. The IBM design is calculated at a Power Usage Effectiveness rating of 1.38, which will mean our facility will be among the most efficient in the industry.”

IBM products and services will be delivered over the three-year construction, with the first phase scheduled to open in December 2008. When completed, the facility will support 70,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space and create jobs for up to 100 employees.

Customers of the new center will be able to rent space in increments as small as one cabinet, up to dedicated cages and private rooms. The center will provide facilities to support on demand server capacity services and Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, delivered through RackForce and IBM Global Services.

“A year ago when IBM launched Project Big Green, one of its goals was to help identify ways to optimize data center usage and reduce energy consumption needs,” said Steve Sams, IBM vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services. “This new data center is an example of this initiative. By offering ’green’ colocation and data center services, gigaCENTER and IBM will enable enterprises to meet their corporate and IT environmental goals.”


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