21 September 2012

IBM Canada Opens Smarter Data Center in Barrie, Ontario

Toronto, ON and Barrie, ON - 21 September 2012 - IBM together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Barrie, today unveiled one of the nation’s most advanced computing facilities: the IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre. The Barrie, Ontario-based center has been designed from the ground-up with the latest advancements in energy efficient data center management, business continuity, resiliency, security and disaster recovery services to help organizations efficiently manage growth while reducing costs and securely mitigating risk. 

The data center represents a $90 million investment from IBM and will establish 20 skilled jobs in Barrie, as a portion of the $175 million IBM invested and 145 jobs created through the April 2012 launch of the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre network. In time, the new data center is expected to provide key infrastructure and personnel to help underpin ongoing research and development initiatives tied to this network. The IBM funding is supported through the Government of Ontario’s previous $15 million investment towards these initiatives

“Canadian organizations are seeking more strategic ways to increase operational efficiencies and position themselves for sustainable growth,” said John Lutz, president, IBM Canada. “We continue to invest in smarter infrastructure within Canada because businesses can’t afford downtime with today’s economic pressures. This new facility provides a flexible foundation ingrained in best-practices so we can deliver essential services to help organizations and partners better manage data, reduce operating costs, improve productivity and gain competitive advantage.” 

The highly efficient, modular center is uniquely designed to a set of global best-practice metrics that best demonstrate productivity and effectiveness in space, energy and data management These attributes will help organizations adapt existing processes and infrastructure or cost-effectively invest to more efficiently support business growth and mitigate the risk of costly system outages. 

The new facility will provide 25,000 square feet of initial capacity with the ability to grow to 100,000 square feet. IBM has designed and delivered more than 1,000 similar modular data centers for customers worldwide. Modular data center design uses small increments of standardized components to match business requirements with IT requirements and only add data center capacity when needed. Modular centers can be expanded in half the time of a traditional data center to easily accommodate growing demand. They help clients save up to 30 percent per year in energy costs compared to traditional centers. 

This newest addition to IBM’s existing network of 17 data centers within Canada bolsters the company’s $75 million investment in Markham and Montreal-based data centers during 2011. 

“It is with great pride that we welcome IBM’s Leadership Data Centre to Barrie. To be selected as the global destination for the first newly constructed Leadership Data Centre in North America is a tremendous honour and sends the message globally that Barrie’s wealth of competitive advantages make it a strategic business location in the new economy,” comments Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. 

“The progress of this unprecedented research partnership is wonderful to see. This project will help to improve how we deal with challenges in health care, infrastructure and cities, energy, and water conservation while making use of Ontario’s greatest resource — our people,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Government of Ontario. 

Source: IBM