Demonstrates consistent ability to deliver critical capacity on time
KAMLOOPS, BC, April 4 /PRNewswire/ - Less than two months after opening the first phase of its new 240,000 square foot data centre in Brampton, Ontario, Q9 Networks Inc. has expanded again, opening the first two phases of a six megawatt data centre site in Kamloops, British Columbia. Initiated as part of the previously announced agreement with HP Advanced Solutions Inc. to provide data centre services to the British Columbia government, the new facility opened at 9:00am on April 1, 2011 as originally scheduled two years ago. It will serve private sector as well as public sector customers in Western Canada.
"To my knowledge, we are the only data centre company in Canada to have ever completed back-to-back builds of this scale," says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. "The fact that they were both completed on time is a testament to our unique in-house design and build team; a team that allows us to deliver critical customer capacity in very aggressive timeframes. With the Kamloops opening, we have delivered on our commitment to HP Advanced Solutions. We are also excited about the opportunity to serve new and existing business customers in Vancouver and across Western Canada from the new Kamloops location."
The Kamloops data centre is built to Q9's renowned high standards and includes such features as outside air cooling capability to maximize energy efficiency, biometric security systems, multiple connections to the Internet, redundant power, redundant cooling and advanced fire detection and suppression systems, as well as 7x24 on-site security and technical support teams.
Interconnected with Q9's three other data centres in Western Canada, the facility offers customers a range of business continuity options using two or more data centres.
Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high density computing devices. Customers connect to the Internet via Q9's unique network and are protected by Q9's 100 per cent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and network availability. Customer equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's control centres, staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT, facilities and security management.
Over the last three years, Q9 has doubled its capacity across Canada in response to continuously growing customer demand. At the same time, Q9 acquired real estate sufficient to nearly triple current capacity within its existing footprint. By making these strategic investments, Q9 has ensured its customers can continue to quickly and easily scale their IT infrastructure to support their growth.
Including the new Kamloops facility, Q9 has 10 operational data centres in three provinces. Since 2000, investments in data centre capacity have totaled more than $340 million. Q9 secured $210 million in new financing in April 2010 and is backed by private equity investment firm ABRY Partners.
About Q9 Networks:
Q9 Networks is Canada's leading provider of outsourced data centre infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9's data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA which guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9 services, including: co-location, bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of client infrastructure. Q9 is backed by ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media, communications and information services focused private investment firms in North America, having completed over $21 billion of investments since 1989.
SOURCE Q9 Networks Inc.